Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for SQL Server now supports Cross Region Read Replica. Cross Region Read Replica enables managed disaster recovery capability for mission critical databases by allowing a read replica in another region be “promoted” as a new standalone production database. This feature also supports data proximity by enabling replicas be placed closer to the application users of a given region to reduce read latencies. Additionally, this feature allows Amazon RDS for SQL Server customers to offload their read workload from the primary DB Instance, and also scale out read workloads over a farm of up to five read replicas that can reside in any region. To get started, visit the Amazon RDS SQL Server User Guide.