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The FAQ seems to suggest that you can't have more than 5 replicas. Is there any workaround?

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The FAQ doesn't seem to suggest that, it says it very plainly. Perhaps you could outline why this isn't sufficient so suggested solutions apply to your use case. –  Caleb May 3 '11 at 8:26
    
Best to ask Amazon directly on their forums. The alternative is to build your own database, though that can be an endeavor. –  Flashman May 4 '11 at 14:22
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No. Amazon only allows you to create up to 5 replicas, and need to be launched one by one.

If You need more than 5 you can create a Master-slave configuration using EC instances, then you can have as many replicas as you want.

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