Businesses running Oracle will soon be able to use Amazon Web services to host the Database 11g server. Users will be able to transfer their existing Oracle licences or pay on-demand.
Amazon said Oracle will me made available via the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) during the second quarter of 2011.
Amazon RDS is a web service which allows users to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. Amazon said Amazon RDS for Oracle would include flexible pricing options. "If you have existing Oracle Database licences, you will be able to apply them to run Oracle Databases on Amazon RDS with no additional software licensing or support charges. If you don't, you'll be able to take advantage of on-demand hourly licensing with no up-front fees or long-term commitments."
Amazon also offers MySQL in the cloud. Telegraph Media Group is one of the organisations using this service.