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Amazon DynamoDB Turns Two…

by Jeff Barr | on | in Amazon DynamoDB | | Comments

We introduced Amazon DynamoDB just two years ago. Since that time our customers have come to appreciate the power and convenience of this fully managed and highly scalable NoSQL database.

DynamoDB was designed to be a database service capable of serving the ever-growing needs of With single-digit latency for reads and writes, it is robust enough to handle extreme fluctuations in volume, such as those that occur during the holiday shopping season. Because we knew that many of our customers faced the same challenges, we were pleased to be able to offer DynamoDB as a publicly available service.

In accord with our model of frequent releases and continuous innovation, I would like to spend a few minutes review some of the more significant DynamoDB feature launches and price reductions of 2013.

Driven by a combination of our own vision for DynamoDB and customer requests, we added some important and powerful features to the service in 2013. For example:

  • Global and Local Secondary Indexes let you query against any attribute in a table.
  • DynamoDB Local lets you write and test code that uses the DynamoDB API even if you have no network connection.
  • Fine-Grained Access Control gives you the ability to regulate access to individual data items and attributes in your DynamoDB tables and indexes.
  • Parallel Scans let you retrieve data more rapidly by simultaneously scanning multiple segments of your table.

Price Reductions
We made two price reductions in 2013 with the goal of making DynamoDB an even better value:

  • The price for Provisioned Throughput Capacity (reads and writes) was reduced by 35% in all AWS Regions.
  • The price for Indexed Storage was reduced by 75% in all AWS Regions.

We also introduced a new Reserved Capacity pricing model for DynamoDB, with potential price savings of 54% to 77%.

Learn From Our Customers
Last fall, several AWS customers talked about how they use DynamoDB to run their applications and their businesses.

Jonathan Keeebler of ScribbleLive built an analytics service around DynamoDB:

Woot (an AWS subsidiary) talked about their use of a number of AWS technologies, including DynamoDB:

Stay Tuned
The DynamoDB team has a lot of powerful and exciting features in the works for 2014. Stay tuned to this blog for more information!

— Jeff;