Amazon has expanded their webservices to include a database – SimpleDB. (I’ve been predicting it ever since ec2 arrived) From first glance it looks like a simple spreadsheet where you can lookup values. The API has CREATE, GET, PUT, DELETE, QUERY and you pay for the data being stored and bytes transferred in and out.
$0.10 per GB – all data transfer in
$0.18 per GB – first 10 TB / month data transfer out
$0.16 per GB – next 40 TB / month data transfer out
$0.13 per GB – data transfer out / month over 50 TB
Data transfer “in” and “out” refers to transfer into and out of Amazon SimpleDB. Data transferred between Amazon SimpleDB and other Amazon Web Services is free of charge (i.e., $0.00 per GB).
Structured Data Storage – $1.50 per GB-month
It’s simple system, but would fulfil the needs of basic e-commerce sites. SimpleDB is limted beta, so you’d better sign up now if you want to play.
I wonder if it will it ever be extended to offer full-text search abilities or spatial querying?
Here’s some of buzz about SimpleDB.