Finally what many have been waiting for may be here: RDS with Apex 4.2.
This is from an RDS instance:
Why it tookso long I don't know but it's a welcome option. Before this people without an Oracle license had to launch an EC2 instance running Oracle Express Edition. Now you can run Standard Edition One using the RDS license included option.
I recently (today) created an RDS instance with version 18.104.22.168, and the APEX version (via above query) after applying the xmldb, apex, apex-dev options is still at 4.1.1. Is yours an out-of-the-box instance or did you have to modify it to get APEX 4.2.4? Which AZ is your instance in?
I did say 'appears' in the title. I haven't tested it in anger but as you can see from the select it does seem to be Apex 4.2.
The instance wasn't modified. The instructions to launch it were those in the email Amazon set out:
"To create a new Oracle 22.214.171.124 database instance, just use the "Launch DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console and select the DB Engine Version 126.96.36.199v1."
I haven't looked but there may be more information and discussion about this on the Amazon forums.
I'm no expert and I'm mainly just posting it as a news item as I know people were waiting for Apex 4.2 on RDS.
This is a page with further price details: Amazon RDS for Oracle Pricing
From what I read SSL isn't possible on Oracle RDS Amazon RDS FAQs That may be a drawback depending on your requirements.
No SSL? dafuq? hmm... well I have seen those per hour prices for years now.. but it just doesn't make sense. Some blogs have posts talking about installing apex on EC2 etc for under $1... okay.. but that only takes 20 minutes... not several hours... so the math just doesn't add up.
You can install Apex on EC2 quite easily but unless you use Oracle XE you'll need to buy a licence when you go live.
For EC2, different per hour prices apply. It's cheaper to buy a reserved instance but you have to commit to 1 or 3 years.
While not perfect, I think the new Apex 4.2 option is a welcome addition for people who want to go live without an upfront licence cost. It makes Oracle and Apex more competitive with lower cost platforms.