Amazon DynamoDB

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Amazon DynamoDB
AWS Simple Icons Database AmazonDynamoDB.svg
Initial release 2012
Development status Active
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type key-value store
License Proprietary

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed proprietary NoSQL database service that is offered by as part of the Amazon Web Services portfolio.[1] DynamoDB exposes a similar data model 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[2] for high durability and availability. DynamoDB was announced by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels on January 18, 2012.[3]


DynamoDB differs from other Amazon services by allowing developers to purchase a service based on throughput, rather than storage. Although the database will not scale automatically, administrators can request more throughput and DynamoDB will spread the data and traffic over a number of servers using solid-state drives, allowing predictable performance.[1] 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.[4]

It is said to be "built on the principles of Dynamo" (an internal storage system used initially for their own website).[3]

Language bindings[edit]

Languages with a DynamoDB binding include Java, Node.js, C# .NET, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Erlang.[5]


  1. ^ a b Clark, Jack (2012-01-19). "Amazon switches on DynamoDB cloud database service". ZDNet. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  2. ^ "FAQs: Scalability, Availability & Durability". Amazon Web Services. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "DynamoDB Local for Desktop Development". Amazon Web Services. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amazon DynamoDB Libraries, Mappers, and Mock Implementations Galore!". Amazon Web Services. 

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