Amazon's cloud database service adds high availability failover option Staff

Amazon RDS will ensure your data's availability
Amazon's Relational Database Service (RDS), the company's attempt to replicate and simplify the capabilities of a MySQL database, now operates in multiple availability zones

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to increase availability and provide an added failover option.

The added feature, dubbed Multi-AZ Deployments, "synchronously replicates" data written to the primary database and adds it to a hot standby database operating in the same region but a different availability zone. If a disaster occurs, Amazon RDS detects it and switches you to the backup database in roughly five minutes.

Symplified to simplify EC2 security
And speaking of Amazon, a third-party is looking to help fix its cloud security issues. Symplified, a cloud computing security firm, has announced the Symplified Trust Cloud, a "unified identity and access management solution" designed to protect enterprises running applications on Amazon EC2.

The Trust Cloud is a turnkey unified identity access management system that offers authentication, user provisioning, single sign-on and the promise to meet country-specific governance and compliance policies.

NorthScale gets funding, new CEO
In more cloud database news, NorthScale, Inc., announced it has secured $10 million in a Series B round of financing led by venture capital firm Mayfield Fund, with participation from Series A investors Accel Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. The new funding will be used to continue the company's investment in noSQL database technologies for Web applications and cloud computing. The company also announced that Bob Wiederhold has joined NorthScale as president and chief executive officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of high tech experience.

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