Amazon DynamoDB

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Amazon DynamoDB
Initial releaseJanuary 2012; 7 years ago (2012-01) [1]
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inEnglish

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed proprietary NoSQL database service that supports key-value and document data structures[2] and is offered by as part of the Amazon Web Services portfolio.[3] DynamoDB exposes a similar data model to and derives its name from Dynamo, but has a different underlying implementation. Dynamo had a multi-master design requiring the client to resolve version conflicts and DynamoDB uses synchronous replication across multiple datacenters[4] for high durability and availability. DynamoDB was announced by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels on January 18, 2012[5] and is presented as an evolution of Amazon SimpleDB solution.[6]


DynamoDB differs from other Amazon services by allowing developers to purchase a service based on throughput, rather than storage. If Auto Scaling is enabled, then the database will scale automatically.[7] Additionally, administrators can request throughput changes and DynamoDB will spread the data and traffic over a number of servers using solid-state drives, allowing predictable performance.[3] It offers integration with Hadoop via Elastic MapReduce.

In September 2013, Amazon made available a local development version of DynamoDB so developers can test DynamoDB-backed applications locally.[8]

Amazon DynamoDB is "built on the principles of Amazon Dynamo storage technology", an internal storage system used initially for the Amazon website.[5]

Language bindings[edit]

Languages and frameworks with a DynamoDB binding include Java, Node.js, Go, C# .NET, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Haskell and Erlang.[9]


DynamoDB exposes performance metrics that help users provision it correctly and keep applications using DynamoDB running smoothly:

  • Requests and throttling
  • Errors: ConditionalCheckFailedRequests, UserErrors, SystemErrors
  • Metrics related to Global Secondary Index creation[10]

These metrics can be tracked using the AWS Management Console, using the AWS Command Line Interface, or a monitoring tool integrating with Amazon CloudWatch.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Amazon DynamoDB – a Fast and Scalable NoSQL Database Service Designed for Internet Scale Applications - All Things Distributed".
  2. ^ "Amazon DynamoDB - FAQs". Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  3. ^ a b Clark, Jack (2012-01-19). "Amazon switches on DynamoDB cloud database service". ZDNet. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  4. ^ "FAQs: Scalability, Availability & Durability". Amazon Web Services.
  5. ^ a b Vogels, Werner (2012-01-18). "Amazon DynamoDB – a Fast and Scalable NoSQL Database Service Designed for Internet Scale Applications". All Things Distributed blog. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
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  7. ^ "Managing Throughput Capacity Automatically with DynamoDB Auto Scaling - Amazon DynamoDB". Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  8. ^ "DynamoDB Local for Desktop Development". Amazon Web Services. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Amazon DynamoDB Libraries, Mappers, and Mock Implementations Galore!". Amazon Web Services.
  10. ^ "Top DynamoDB performance metrics".
  11. ^ "How to collect DynamoDB metrics".

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