Amazon has spent more than a decade trying to free itself of Oracle’s “one database to rule them all” approach, something Amazon snidely calls “clunky” and “old guard.” Not content to unshackle just itself, Amazon has announced a series of database introductions and improvements to broaden choice for its customers. Yes, with Oracle you can get “fries” (MySQL) with your “burger” (Oracle DB). But with AWS you get a seemingly endless buffet of database options.
Well, you get 15 as of today, which feels like the equivalent of “endless” in old-school enterprise groupthink. At AWS Re:Invent 2018 today, the company announced three major functional upgrades to existing databases and two brand-new databases, bringing the full complement of purpose-built AWS databases to 15.