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Dec 17 2007   2:41PM GMT

Overheard: Amazon will put your database in a cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

stephen_shankland.gif “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

Erick Schonfeld caused a bit of a buzzfire by starting out his blog entry on SimpleDB by saying:

“Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.”

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