“If you are a new Amazon RDS customer, you can get started with Amazon RDS for SQL Server with a Free Usage Tier, which includes 750 hours per month of Amazon RDS micro instances with SQL Server Express Edition, 20GB of database storage and 10 million I/O requests per month.”
Particularly of note is the announcement that in addition to supporting all editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 (i.e. Express, Developer, Standard and Enterprise), AWS intends to support SQL Server 2012 on RDS later this year as well.
I recorded a short screencast to show you start-to-connecting in SSMS with SQL Server on AWS RDS — enjoy!
BTW…take a look at out my new class ‘No SQL for the SQL Server Pro’ (May 22 in Anaheim, CA — reduced price too!)