Developers that use the hulking Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud can now shift Read Replicas of data into other global data center hubs. The new feature was announced at the web giant's re:Invent show earlier in November and has now been made available. Previously, Read Replicas could only be shifted about within …
"...shifted between geophysical regions..."
Would I be correct in supposing that "geophysical regions" are the same as geographical regions, except they sound more impressive? Or are Amazon running databases in parts of the lithosphere and mantle?
I don't think Amazon refers to them as either geophysical or geographic (they seem to prefer "AWS Regions" or just "Regions"), so I suspect "geophysical" was added by the author in an attempt to sound more erudite.
I'm also not quite sure why this is such big news, replication has been around for a long time. I remember doing something like this with both Ingres (which didn't work very well) and Sybase (which does work well) back in the early 90s.
PS. I don't mean log shipping, just to be clear.
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