Update: The reference to SDS has been removed from the Amazon site linked to below. The original text is saved at the bottom of this post.
A new and unannouced Amazon Web Service to be called “SDS” is referenced on this Amazon web page discussing customer YouOS (see second to last paragraph – screen shot is also below) and is being tested with a select few Amazon partners. After a little digging, we heard that it may stand for “Simple Data Service” and will be launching sometime this year, although another source said that the name is incorrect. A representative from Amazon would not comment on whether the service exists or not.
Amazon’s web services unit (see our discussion of Mechanical Turk, Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)) has been making waves this year, and a number of high profile startups are using one or more services to speed deployment time and save money. In a recent interview, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses Amazon’s strategy around their Web Services unit.