Amazon DynamoDB Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Consultant
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The design approach of DynamoDB makes it very fast and scalable. We have used most of the features offered by DynamoDB because the product is mature and they fit very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The application runs much faster and the query response time is three to five times faster when compared to Google Datastore. The admin console is also very user friendly… more»

What needs improvement?

* The documentation could be refined to explain some basic topics better. * The local DynamoDB version doesn't come with a tool to view the items inside the tables, so a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is more complex than buying a license, so it depends on the products' needs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Google Datastore, but we switched to DynamoDB because we migrated to AWS.

What other advice do I have?

If you want a very fast NoSQL database, and you are willing to do some extra work in order to implement complex queries, DynamoDB is the way to go.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Microsoft Azure as a cloud solution, but in the end, we decided to go with AWS.
Vendor
Senior Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

We host the cloud version of our software, ENSUR by DocXellent, on EC2 instances with fifteen separate installations currently. These low-cost, flexible, and scalable VMs are an excellent value for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, our product was exclusively sold as an on-premises solution. Once we decided on AWS for a cloud hosting platform, we were able to increase our sales dramatically. Within less than two… more»

What needs improvement?

AWS is forward thinking and always adding new features. I generally cannot think of an area of improvement. To be honest, AWS and their people know way more about the hosting and infrastructure needs… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You don’t need to look anywhere else. AWS is the leader in price and features, so why mess with success.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We occasionally use Azure, alongside AWS, because we have a monthly credit from Microsoft. But AWS was first and all our commercial accounts are on AWS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Azure, Google, Rackspace and several smaller, now extinct companies.
Adi Levin
Real User
Technical Director at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease of operation. It's so easy to scale it up and down. And it delivers predictable performance, as promised.

How has it helped my organization?

We are using DynamoDB in two projects now. One for storing large amounts of file metadata, and one for storing small amounts of session data. The fact that it is so easy to create tables and provision… more»

What needs improvement?

DynamoDB doesn't provide server-side encryption, so we had to do it manually. Any replication to other regions requires writing code. It's not so bad, but would be better to get a solution out of the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing depends on volume and provisioned throughput. When low, the price is extremely low. But for really large amounts of data, it can be expensive. Make sure you keep there only data you really… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used PostgreSQL. We switched to DynamoDB for the scalability and ease of deployment and operation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cassandra but chose to abandon it because it was harder to configure correctly and scale.

What is Amazon DynamoDB?

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. You can use Amazon DynamoDB to create a database table that can store and retrieve any amount of data, and serve any level of request traffic. Amazon DynamoDB automatically spreads the data and traffic for the table over a sufficient number of servers to handle the request capacity specified by the customer and the amount of data stored, while maintaining consistent and fast performance.

Amazon DynamoDB customers

Samsung, Snapchat, Capital One, Expedia, Tinder, Airbnb, Comcast, Lyft, Redfin, Netflix, Adobe