Monday, July 26, 2010

Is Database on the Cloud an Appliance?

Database and Data Warehsousing appliance's (from Netezza, Teradata, Oracle - Exadata, IBM - pureScale system, Greenplum, etc.) that bundle and tightly integrate the right hardware, storage, networking and software are all the rage these days. So why note take this concept a little further where you get all the benefits of an appliance but don't have to worry about physical maintenance, or more importantly not have to pay for the physical hardware? Well thats exactly what Canonical and IBM have done by releasing a Cloud Database Appliance that runs on Amazon's EC2 (well you can also run it in your private Eucalyptus based Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud).

This Database Appliance contains Ubuntu 10.04 (Linux) and DB2 Express-C 9.7 (database software). Unlike a traditional database appliance where you have to shell out megabucks, this appliance is "virtually" free. At least the software components - Ubuntu and DB2 Express-C - are both free, and running the appliance starts at 8.5cents an hour. And you can get going within just a few minutes. Well, enough talk ... lets watch this video and see things in action:



In closing I'll leave you with AMI names/numbers for this database appliance that you can run in US (East and West), EU, and AP regions:

  • us-east: DB2 Express-C 9.7.1 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS i386 - 20100520 (ami-bd37ded4)
  • us-west: DB2 Express-C 9.7.1 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS i386 - 20100520 (ami-ad87d6e8)
  • eu-west: DB2 Express-C 9.7.1 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS i386 - 20100520 (ami-f5200a81)
  • ap-southeast: DB2 Express-C 9.7.1 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS i386 - 20100520 (ami-b7e798e5)

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