Amazon has launched a hosted relational database service, Amazon RDS, as part of the suite of services available at AWS. The new service is a hosted MySQL database instance with the full capabilities and access rights as a normal self-hosted DB.
As a hosted solution, instances are easily created and available almost immediately. Pricing stars at $0.11c per hour for the smallest scale specification, and is available now on the AWS site.
So my question is: does the adoption of this cloud service remove the need for a database administrator? Because if it does,
it's a radical change to the IT operating model. If it doesn't, then it's more complicated to find value because I still need to have a DB admin.
What do you think?