Amazon's SimpleDB

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.

Data Transfer

$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.

2 Responses to “Amazon's SimpleDB”

  1. Charles Widdicombe Says:

    What do you think the practicalities are of this (and other Amazon Web Services) are for New Zealand based companies? Will there ever be an issue with quick access of data with the Amazon API, in relation to speed and bandwidth available in NZ?

  2. john Says:

    Yes, its viable to use the AWS stack if you have your whole application stack is in a data centre in the US. Its preferable to host everything in NZ. You won’t be able to beat the flexibility of the system. We’re limited for choices in NZ. US has a wide range of options and Amazon’s service have been very robust.

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