Posted On: Nov 15, 2012

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS for new database instances in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS is optimized for I/O-intensive, transactional (OLTP) database workloads. We are delivering this functionality to you in two stages. Starting immediately, when you create new database instances using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon RDS APIs, you can provision from 1,000 IOPS to 10,000 IOPS with corresponding storage from 100GB to 1TB for MySQL and Oracle databases. If you are using SQL Server then the maximum IOPS you can provision is 7,000 IOPS.

In the near future, we plan to provide you with an automated way to migrate existing database instances to Provisioned IOPS storage for the MySQL and Oracle database engines. If you want to migrate an existing RDS database instance to Provisioned IOPS storage immediately, you can export the data from your existing database instance and import into a new database instance equipped with Provisioned IOPS storage.

In addition to Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region, you can currently use Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) Regions. We plan to add support for additional AWS Regions in the coming months.

To learn more and get started with Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS, please see the Amazon RDS detail page, the Amazon RDS User Guide and the Technical FAQ.

Note that you can now use AWS CloudFormation to create Amazon RDS DB Instances with Provisioned IOPS storage. If your application’s IO needs change, you can simply modify the CloudFormation template and update your Provisioned IOPS. To learn more about Provision IOPS and CloudFormation, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.