Setting up database servers on Amazon Cloud EC2

hi guys,

I'm setting up some database servers in the cloud. They'll be mySQL servers.

So I thought I'd have one master database and one slave one or possibly two slaves.

Question is though, should I choose an Ubuntu instance and then install mySQL on there? Or should I choose an Amazon RDS instance? Any differences?

Would you be able to help me create a master and slave in such a situation?

I've never done this and I need to have this infrastructure working correctly by tomorrow night.

Any advice would be great.

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
much of what you would do manually if you build a mysql infrastructure in ubuntu or other distribution is automatically configured (or with little effort) for you in RDS - backups, scaling, monitoring, replication...

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YashyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help man.

I've built an instance with RDS now.

There's an area that says 'Create Read Replica'.

Does this mean it will then create an instance which will read off the master database?
YashyAuthor Commented:
I'm having a difficult time getting this. I've created these instances, but then I can't turn off the instance. I only have the option to delete it! That's crazy though. I can create a web server instance and just turn it off, yet with the RDS I can only delete?

Surely if you have a database server on your servers on your network, you wouldn't just create it and then wipe it?!

Would you be able to help at all on this?

Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
you have the option of creating a snapshot of it, and then start a new instance with the snapshot. Overall the marginal costs of using RDS are the same as ubuntu, but the setup is much much easier with RDS.
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