Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.
Amazon recently announced several new features for the AWS platform, including option to choose Redis for it's ElastiCache service, several RDS related improvements, and even the release of their unified command line interface.
Google is making MySQL available in the cloud as a fully managed service, including a JSON API for programmatic management.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has released tools for the Windows PowerShell scripting environment to enhance support for Windows administrators' management of cloud infrastructure.
Amazon has announced support for .NET on AWS Elastic Beanstalk and a new RDS service for SQL Server, bringing better manageability to .NET/SQL Server apps hosted on AWS.
Amazon has published a detailed report on the service failure plaguing one availability zone in the US East Region. The online media is full with analysis, commentaries and lessons to be learned from the event.
Amazon recently added a new MySQL database offering to their Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform named Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). InfoQ explores the benefits and shortcomings of this new service, how it compares to running a local MySQL database, maintenance and replication, the 4-hour weekly downtime window requirement, availability zones, and future plans.