Software // Information Management
News
2/1/2008
04:34 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

EnterpriseDB To Offer Database As A Service Through Amazon Cloud

Beta users are being signed up for a launch of the service in March.

EnterpriseDB, the commercial company founded on open source PostgreSQL, plans to offer database as an online service through Amazon's cloud computing resources. Beta users are being signed up for a launch of the service in March.

Potential customers, such as a startup firm keeping its computing infrastructure costs down, will be able to sign up for basic database services. "If the [customer's] workload increases, the power of the cloud supports the expansion of the database," said Andy Astor, CEO of EnterpriseDB, in an interview.

The EnterpriseDB Advanced Server Cloud Edition will be run on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as EC2, which is a virtualized environment that can be allocated online in units to external users. In one such unit, a virtual machine with the equivalent of a 1 GHz Opteron processor in CPU cycles is assigned a user, along with memory from a sister service, Amazon Simple Storage Service or S3.

The Advanced Server Cloud Edition is meant to provide online transaction processing services in a reliable fashion. In order to build in database scalability along with CPU and memory scalability, EnterpriseDB entered a partnership with Elastra, supplier of relational database cluster management software that can manage virtualized instances of the database. The size of an Elastra cluster can expand or shrink, based on demand.

An online, Web 2.0 enterprise can contract for Advanced Server Cloud Edition and allow it to scale up if the firm grows rapidly, instead of hiring staff and building out servers and storage in its own data center, Astor said. No pricing has been set for the service. An Elastra example of how it works uses 50 cents per hour of CPU time and $200 per month for a terabyte of storage as examples of pricing, based on the cost of the Amazon services.

EnterpriseDB was founded 2004 in Edison, N.J. It had "just shy of" 200 regular database customers at the end of 2007, up from 60 in 2006, said Astor.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 24, 2014
Start improving branch office support by tapping public and private cloud resources to boost performance, increase worker productivity, and cut costs.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.