With all this cloudy stuff going on, I have been playing the idea of putting my database in the cloud Amazon just enabled mysql as a service http://aws.amazon.com/rds/ It would mean .. installing nothing, and paying for the DB instance hours, the storage, and the data transfer, of course Especially when scaling, this might prove useful. Plus, the database is supposed to have a backup It does, however, sound a little expensive, 0.11 an hour is $80 a month, just for the instance, add another $5 for a 50 gigabyte database, plus another $5 for 50 gigabytes of bandwidth ... (and I have not taken actual measures of this, just guesstimating) I am not sure, how the hours are calculated, though. For example if I only use it 6 minutes out of a whole hour... I am thinking of giving a try for one month and see what the costs are like, but would love to hear about anybody else with some experience using this. I would not use it as my main database (too expensive), but this sounds good as a slave database for backup.