Enterprises can now launch RDS (Relational Database Service) instances running an Oracle database within a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud), which gives administrators more control compared to a standard instance or virtual server. The other new features are support for Oracle APEX (Application Express), XML DB, and Time Zone, which allows administrators to consistently store timestamp information when users are spread out across multiple time zones, Amazon said.
With RDS, enterprises can deploy Oracle Database 11g on Amazon’s cloud. The service handles such database administration tasks as provisioning, backups, software patching, monitoring, and hardware scaling, according to the RDS for Oracle Database website.
Enterprises can either use their own database licences or let Amazon take care of the licensing, with rates starting at $0.11 per hour and $0.16 per hour, respectively.