Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

What is Amazon RDS ?

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) creates to setup, manage, and scale a relational database quickly in the cloud. RDS is one of the most important parts of your application. A relational database is storage of many applications. So, when this part of your application fails, you should secure a safe and fast recovery way of your data. If you are using a relational database to store persistent data, consider Amazon Relational Database Service for security. Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) produces a simple way to setup, manage, and balance a relational database in the cloud.

How to use Amazon RDS?

You can launch a DB instance in the AWS cloud and get access to a full featured relational database. You have not to worry much about basic database tasks like backups, patch management, and security management. RDS is also configured to achieve high availability and high redundancy requirements quickly. Therefore, RDS is very easy to use. After specifying the engine type and DB instance size via web console or API, your database is ready to use. Creating Amazon RDS is as simple as that.

After creating the Amazon RDS , the instance is available to attach to your application. So, now you can monitor the general health of your DB instances using CloudWatch. While accessing your database through the command line client, you may use other GUI tools for your database management. However, you don’t have SSH access to these instances or root access, unlike EC2 instances. Don’t have SSH access is one of the advantages of RDS.

Amazon RDS will automatically apply security patches and backup database. Also, will store the backups for a user-defined retention period. Moreover, Amazon RDS will let you point-in-time recovery from these backups. So, you are shifting a lot of the administrative tasks to Amazon.

If you take advantage of multiple availability zones and creating read replicas of the database, you are handing over even more of the compound tasks to AWS. So, Amazon RDS allow you to stay focused less on administration and configuration, and more on what matters most to you.

Therefore, consider using Amazon RDS to simplify database security, management, and backups. Also, consider for redundancy, failovers, scalability, and geographical distribution.