DynamoDB is a managed NoSQL database service provided by Amazon Web Services. As it is managed by Amazon, users do not have to worry about operations such as hardware provisioning, configuration, and scaling. The offering primarily targets key-value and document storage.
Amazon runs an e-commerce platform for millions of concurrent users, so the underlying services powering the platform must be highly reliable and scalable. Failures in infrastructure would have significant financial consequences and would degrade consumer trust in Amazon's platform. Thus, the motivating purpose behind DynamoDB was a data-store used by these services that could keep up in both availability and scalability such that infrastructure failures would not affect user experience. The original concept and implementation of DynamoDB was first introduced in 2007 with a paper titled: "Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store" The managed DynamoDB service was launched by AWS in January of 2012.
While DynamoDB doesn't natively support compression, users can compress large attributes into binary data using compression algorithms like LZO or GZIP.
Users have the ability to enable Optimistic Locking for DynamoDB using the AWS Java SDK.
DynamoDB is schemaless. Each table requires a primary key to identify its corresponding data item. However, there are no such constraints on non-key attributes. DynamoDB can hold both structured or semi-structured data, such as JSON or XML.
DynamoDB has three configurable isolation levels: Read Uncommitted, Read Committed, and Repeatable Reads.
DynamoDB does not support joins natively as it is a key-value store and not a relational database. However, Amazon's EMR service supports joining DynamoDB tables.
Although there are no implementation details on DynamoDB's internal logging schema, users can log DynamoDB API operations via AWS CloudTrail.
Users can query the database via a CLI or SDKs.
DynamoDB supports a pluggable local persistence engine that can range from in-memory buffers with persistent backing to purely disk-oriented ones. This allows it to be flexible with an application's access patterns.
Although DynamoDB doesn't natively support stored procedures, users can use AWS Lambdas for a similar effect.
Nodes are partitioned via consistent hashing, and utilize gossip-based membership protocol.
DynamoDB Streams can create materialized views of data in DynamoDB tables.