We launched the T2 instance type last month. This new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type provides a
solid level of baseline performance and the ability to burst above the baseline as
needed. As I wrote in my blog post,
these instances are ideal for development, testing, and medium-traffic web sites.
Today we are bringing the benefits of the T2 instance type to the
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). The db.t2.micro, db.t2.small, and db.t2.medium instances
feature the latest Intel Xeon processors running at up to 3.3 GHz. You can launch new instances using a supported
engine type (see below). If you have an existing instance that is running one of
the supported engines, you can simply modify the instance:
Supported Database Engines
We currently support PostgreSQL, SQL Server (with the exception of Standard Edition License Included), and
version 5.6 of MySQL. We are planning to supports versions 5.1 and 5.5 of MySQL in the near future.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for T2 database instances starts at $0.008
per hour for a Three Year Heavy Utilization Reserved Instance and
$0.017 per hour for On-Demand instances.
RDS Pricing page for more information).
As part of the AWS Free Tier, eligible AWS users have access to a
db.t2.micro instance for 750 hours per month at no charge.
The new instances are available today in all AWS Regions except AWS GovCloud (US) and you can
start using them today!