Amazon CTO calls out 'old guard' again; intros RDS for PostgreSQL

Amazon's cloud guru holds court.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

LAS VEGAS---Virtualization, a new security pipeline, and a pledge to take on the brunt of graphics-heavy workloads for mobile app development was apparently only the beginning for Amazon Web Services this week.

Amazon chief technology officer Dr. Werner Vogels took things a bit further on Thursday morning at AWS re:Invent 2013, unveiling Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL.

Launching immediately, Vogels described PostgreSQL as "an amazing database" for managed deploymets, provisioning up to three terabytes and 30,000 IOPS. Additional features include automated backups, point-in-time recovery, and PostGIS spatial database support.

AWS previously upgraded its Relational Database Service for the Oracle Database in 2011 and Windows SQL Server in 2012.

In introducing RDS for PostgreSQL, Vogels picked up the baton from Amazon Web Services senior vice president Andy Jassy on Wednesday, reiterating AWS has experienced at least 243 updates as of November 14, 2013. 

Vogels' point here was to defend that this metric alone differentiates itself from the "old guard" and "legacy" competition -- an increasingly sharp argument that executives have been keen to convey throughout the developer summit in Las Vegas this week. 

Going back to the latest addition to AWS, Vogels declared that it was "almost obvious that this was coming" thanks to customer feedback and demand.

The AWS Developers Team continued with that thought in a blog post on Thursday, positing that "PostgreSQL has become the preferred open source relational database for many enterprise developers and start-ups, powering leading geospatial and mobile applications."

AWS also announced on Thursday that it would be adding 12 more instances and Global Secondary Indexes to query data on any attribute, promising simplified application development for gaming, ad tech, and mobile apps. 

AWS also has a new C3 Instance type, boasted to offer the highest processor performance on the Elastic Cloud with 2.8Ghz Intel Ivy bridge E5-2680 power and an SSD-based platform.

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