Databases on AWS

The broadest selection of purpose-built databases for all your application needs

Hundreds of thousands of customers rely on AWS databases

Choose from 15+ purpose-built database engines including relational, key-value, document, in-memory, graph, time series, wide column, and ledger databases. AWS’s portfolio of purpose-built databases supports diverse data models and allows you to build use case driven, highly scalable, distributed applications.

Performance at scale

Get relational databases that are 3-5X faster than popular alternatives, or non-relational databases that give you microsecond to sub-millisecond latency. Start small and scale as your applications grow. You can scale your database's compute and storage resources easily, often with no downtime. 

Fully managed

With AWS databases, you don’t need to worry about database management tasks such as server provisioning, patching, configuration, or backups. AWS continuously monitors your clusters to keep your workloads running with self-healing storage and automated scaling, so that you can focus on application development.

Secure & highly available

AWS databases are built for business-critical, enterprise workloads, offering high availability, reliability, and security. These databases support multi-region, multi-master replication, and provide full oversight of your data with multiple levels of security, including network isolation, and end-to-end encryption.

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Database services

Database type
Use cases
AWS service

Relational Database

Relational databases store data with predefined schemas and relationships between them. These databases are designed to support ACID transactions, and maintain referential integrity and strong data consistency.

Traditional applications, ERP, CRM, e-commerce

Amazon Aurora

MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud. Performance and availability of commercial-grade databases at 1/10th the cost 

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

Set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud with just a few clicks 

Amazon Redshift

The most popular and fastest cloud data warehouse


Key-value Database

Key-value databases are optimized for common access patterns, typically to store and retrieve large volumes of data. These databases deliver quick response times, even in extreme volumes of concurrent requests.

High-traffic web apps, e-commerce systems, gaming applications

Amazon DynamoDB

Fast and flexible NoSQL database service for any scale


In-memory Database

In-memory databases are used for applications that require real-time access to data. By storing data directly in memory, these databases deliver microsecond latency to applications for whom millisecond latency is not enough.

Caching, session management, gaming leaderboards, geospatial applications

Amazon ElastiCache for Memcached

Managed, Memcached-compatible, in-memory store. Sub-millisecond latency to power real-time applications

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

Redis compatible in-memory data store built for the cloud. Power real-time applications with sub-millisecond latency


Document Database

A document database is designed to store semistructured data as JSON-like documents. These databases help developers build and update applications quickly.

Content management, catalogs, user profiles

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility)

Fast, scalable, highly available MongoDB-compatible database service

Wide column

Wide Column Database

A wide column store is a type of NoSQL database. It uses tables, rows, and columns, but unlike a relational database, the names and format of the columns can vary from row to row in the same table.

High scale industrial apps for equipment maintenance, fleet management, and route optimization

Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra)

Managed Cassandra-compatible database


Graph Database

Graph databases are for applications that need to navigate and query millions of relationships between highly connected graph datasets with millisecond latency at large scale.

Fraud detection, social networking, recommendation engines

Amazon Neptune

Fast, reliable graph database built for the cloud

Time series

Time Series Database

Time-series databases efficiently collect, synthesize, and derive insights from data that changes over time and with queries spanning time intervals.

IoT applications, DevOps, industrial telemetry

Amazon Timestream

Fast, scalable, fully managed time series database


Ledger Database

Ledger databases provide a centralized and trusted authority to maintain a scalable, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable record of transactions for every application.

Systems of record, supply chain, registrations, banking transactions

Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB)

Fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log. Owned by a central trusted authorit

Use cases

AWS offers a broad range of fully managed database services that are purpose-built for every major use case

Migrate to the cloud by moving to managed AWS databases

Move to managed databases

Move to fully managed database services in the cloud to automate the time consuming tasks of setting up, managing, and scaling databases, so you can spend more time on application development vs the undifferentiated heavy lifting of provisioning and managing databases on-premises. 
Build new applications with purpose-built AWS databases

Build modern apps with purpose-built databases

AWS offers the broadest range of 15 purpose-built database services. These databases are optimized to give you the performance, scale, and availability that you need to support your most demanding workloads. 

Modernize your legacy applications with AWS databases

Break free from legacy databases

Break free from old‐guard databases that lock you in to proprietary technology, impose punitive licensing terms, and perform frequent audits. AWS provides open-source compatible databases that are built for the cloud with commercial grade performance, availability, and scale at a fraction of the cost.


Samsung migrated 1.1 billion users across three continents from Oracle to Amazon Aurora.

"The scalability of Amazon Aurora is the best benefit—especially if we focus on the cost. Samsung reduced monthly database costs by 44%."

- Salva Jung, Principal Architect and Engineering Manager

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Case studies


A+E Networks migrated to serverless AWS databases to create microservices-driven cloud-native applications.

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The Pokemon Company migrated to purpose-built AWS databases and saved tens of thousands of dollars per month.

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Cathay Pacific modernized passenger revenue optimization system on AWS and increased performance by 20%.

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Experian BM TM RGB

Experian achieved 100% operation uptime by using Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora. 

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