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AWS offers new database and storage tools for GovCloud

Amazon Web Services has expanded its database and storage offerings for GovCloud customers.

The company broadened the instance types that can be launched for Amazon Relational Database Service in the AWS GovCloud region.  Amazon RDS is a managed database service that helps users set up, operate and scale a relational database in the cloud. When using RDS for PostgreSQL, users can now run R4, T2 and M4 instances.

R4 memory optimized instances are designed for memory-intensive and latency-sensitive database workloads, including data analytics, in-memory databases and high-performance production workloads.

T2 instances offer low-cost burstable CPU performance and are recommended for workloads that require consistent baseline CPU performance with occasional need to burst to higher CPU performance, such as database workloads in development and test environments.

M4 instances provide a balance of compute, memory and network resources and support up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and 10 Gbps of dedicated throughput to storage.

A new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database can be created with a few clicks from the Management Console, the company said in its announcement.

The company also announced that customers can now use AWS Storage Gateway to migrate, store and access data in the AWS GovCloud region from either on-premises or AWS GovCloud environments. The goal is to make it easier to use AWS storage services, reducing their physical infrastructure and management requirements.

The Storage Gateway service offers three types of gateways. File Gateway lets users store files as objects in Amazon S3 and access them through standard file protocols or the S3 application programming interface. Volume Gateway presents block volumes that are automatically stored on AWS, and Tape Gateway acts as a Virtual Tape Library that backup applications can use to store data on Amazon Glacier and S3.

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