Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL now available as a managed service on AWS with up to 3TB of storage, 30,000 IOPS and support for high-availability

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Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for PostgreSQL. Amazon RDS manages complex and time-consuming administrative tasks such as PostgreSQL software installation and upgrades, storage management, replication for high availability and back-ups for disaster recovery. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can deploy a PostgreSQL database in minutes with automatically configured database parameters for optimal performance. Customers can provision a PostgreSQL database with five gigabytes of storage to start and easily scale up to as much as three terabytes without incurring any downtime. PostgreSQL is the fourth database engine for Amazon RDS, which already supports managed MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server deployments. To get started with Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, visit

Over the past few years, PostgreSQL has become the preferred open source relational database for many enterprise developers and start-ups, powering leading web, mobile, social and geospatial applications. With Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, application developers can now take advantage of PostgreSQL as a fully managed service, offloading database management tasks to free up more time to focus on application innovation and delivering value to their customers.

"Since we launched Amazon RDS four years ago, a large number of enterprises and startups have adopted the service because it allows them to run familiar relational databases without any of the operational complexity of on-premise systems, at a substantially lower cost," said Raju Gulabani, Vice President of Database Services, AWS. "As mobile, web, social and geospatial applications proliferate, we have seen a steady demand for PostgreSQL as a managed service. We're pleased to bring the agility, manageability and cost benefits of the Amazon RDS platform to PostgreSQL."

Amazon RDS supports the core PostgreSQL database features, including PostGIS, free text indexing and search extensions, offering the following benefits:

- Scalability and performance. Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS (PIOPS) storage enables customers to scale I/O operations to 30,000 IOPS per database instance, and achieve consistent, fast performance.
- High-availability. Customers can deploy production PostgreSQL applications using the multi-Availability Zone deployment option, and Amazon RDS will operate a synchronous stand-by replica with an automated fail-over mechanism. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also supports cross-region snapshot copy operations allowing customers to keep a back-up copy in a different region from the master database for disaster recovery purposes.
- Security. Customers can operate PostgreSQL databases in a logically isolated virtual network fully configured and controlled with strict firewall policies using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).
- Flexibility. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports PostgreSQL-specific programming language extensions such as pgSQL, Tcl and Perl.

ESRI, a global leader in geo-spatial applications, has been testing Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. "Thousands of enterprises rely on ArcGIS to build rich geospatial applications that combine location data with business analytics," said Marwa Mabrouk, Cloud and Big Data Product Manager, ESRI Inc. "As our customers move their applications to the cloud, many of them choose PostgreSQL. We are excited about Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL because customers can focus on their business and not on the database administration. We think Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL is simple to use, cost-effective and will enable ArcGIS developers to be more productive. We are looking forward to expanding our usage."

Illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. "Using Basespace, biologists and informaticians can easily and securely analyze, archive and share sequencing data," said Greg Roberts, BaseSpace Development Lead, Illumina. "Building reliable services that store customer data using a secure, robust open source database like PostgreSQL is what I want my team to focus on - not the management of the database. We are excited that Amazon RDS PostgreSQL allows us to keep that focus, while making backup, recovery, replication, fault tolerance and disaster recovery of our PostgreSQL databases just a click away."

Inmobi, the world's largest independent mobile ad network, analyzes hundreds of terabytes of data and provides real-time mobile advertising intelligence to engage over 600 million users in 165 countries. "Delivering the right ad, at the right location, at the right time requires us to analyze multiple data sources like location, free-text input, user demographics and other heuristics," said Mohit Saxena, Co-Founder and Vice President Technology, InMobi. "During our beta testing phase, we used Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and found that it reduces the time and complexity in managing our PostgreSQL databases."

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL is available globally in all AWS regions. To learn more and get started with Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, visit

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