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There's a new Amazon acronym to learn. RDS stands for Relational Database Service and it is the newest addition to Amazon's suite of web services. Unlike previous data services from Amazon such as SimpleDB, RDS is relational (our profiles for the SimpleDB API and new RDS API). In fact, it's a MySQL 5.1 instance but the main difference is that it is hosted on a virtual server instance in Amazon's data center. And it can expand and contract as needed, programmatically. Like the Amazon APIs before it, RDS was built to provide developers access to Amazon's infrastructure, with pay-as-you-go pricing based on your usage.
Cloud application platform, Heroku, has released the Heroku Platform API. The Platform API allows developers to extend its cloud platform to third party applications and services. With the release, Heroku hopes to inspire apps built upon the Heroku platform, Heroku-based developer tools, and an expanded Heroku ecosystem into additional web services. The Platform API developed from an internal API that Heroku developers used to build tools like toolbelt and dashboard. Heroku wants to empower its developer community with the same tools it created for in-house use.
Rightscale, a cloud management company whose clients include Zynga and PBS, is the first to resell and support Google's Infrastructure-as-a-Service, called Google Compute Engine (GCE).