|“Amazon.com has begun publicly testing a third element to its online computing services: a database capability called SimpleDB.
The new Web service joins two others the online retailer launched in 2006 that anyone can pay to use: computing horsepower called the Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and data storage called Simple Storage Service (S3). SimpleDB works in conjunction with those services, letting customers store, modify, and query data.”
Stephen Shankland, Amazon opens testing for in-cloud database
“Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.”