RDBMS in the AWS Cloud using EC2 and S3 Yields Elastra

From their release on AWS:

ELASTRA is the world's first infinitely scalable solution for running standard relational databases in an on-demand computing cloud. ELASTRA's exclusive, high-performance S3DFS storage technologies enable a standard RDBMS to be deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as a permanent data store.

I'm always a little dubious when people actually claim they can scale to infinity.  But, hey, you never know until you try to break it right? 

The pertinent features from their website:

  • Scalable
  • Fast
  • Transparent Clustering
  • Cost Effect - Pay Per Use
  • Runs MySQL, PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB
  • Cluster Administrator Tools
  • Unlimited Instances at $0.50/server/hour (from web site)
  • Automated versions to eliminate the need for snapshots and backups
  • Expandable data storage

All in all that's got some cool zing factor.  It's based partially on S3DFS which I guess must have come a way since a few months ago the last time I tried to use it so that's exciting!  It used to be something made by Openfount though and that website seems to have gone to the grave.  So, I'm not sure if it's the same S3DFS or not or some other incarnation of the same company.  Anyone know?

I'm definitely looking forward to testing this out to see what it can do and hopefully achieve transcendence while doing so if it really can go to "Infinity and Beyond" - Buzz Lightyear