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Amazon DynamoDB (NoSQL)

  • Mar 6, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Join us on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 to learn about DynamoDB, Amazon's NoSQL service, directly from Amazon. Siva Raghupathy, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Enterprise Solutions Architect, will present DynamoDB to the group. 

NOTE: Please only RSVP if you plan to attend as space is limited.

    6:30 - Arrive to ICS and meet other members
    6:45 - Event starts
    7:00 - DynamoDB Presentation followed by Q&A
    8:30 - Open Discussion & Networking


462 7th Ave (NW corner of 35th & 7th)
2nd Floor
New York, NY

Amazon DynamoDB 
Presentation Overview:

  1. Motivation and Design Goals
  2. Data Model & API
  3. Characteristics
  4. Query and Update Patterns
  5. Best Practices
  6. PHP Demo!
  7. Q&A

About Amazon DynamoDB

Amazon DynamoDB is a highly scalable, SSD-based, zero administration database service in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Amazon has launched this service in January.

Amazon DynamoDB service is designed to address the core problems of database management, performance, scalability, and reliability. Developers can create a database table that can store and retrieve any amount of data, and serve any level of request traffic. 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, fast performance. All data items are stored on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and are automatically replicated across multiple Availability Zones in a Region to provide built-in high availability and data durability. According to Amazon, a “perpetual” free tier of the DynamoDB service with storage and a set number of reads and writes per month will be offered.

NoSQL Industry Outlook by GigaOM

Should NoSQL startups be afraid of DynamoDB? With AWS and DynamoDB, other NoSQL companies find themselves fighting for the websites and other web-based customers that are now their bread and butter. Sid Anand, who helped transition Netflix from Oracle to AWS’s SimpleDB to Cassandra and who now is on the LinkedIn infrastructure team, wrote on his blog earlier this week that “[i]f [your NoSQL database] is not hosted (e.g. by AWS), be prepared to hire a fleet of ops folks to support it yourself. If you don’t have the manpower, I recommend AWS’[s] DynamoDB.”


Speaker Profile

Siva Raghupathy is an AWS Enterprise Solutions Architect. He guides developers and architects to build successful solutions using AWS.

As a Principal Technical Program Manager for Amazon SimpleDB Siva Raghupathy gathered emerging NoSQL requirements and wrote the first version of DynamoDB product specification. Later he was a development manager for Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS) and drove several enhancements. Prior to joining Amazon, he spent several years at Microsoft roughly half the time building SQL Server and the other half guiding ISVs and developers to build successful enterprise software solutions. 



IDT Partners is an NYC based Web Application Development & Technology Solutions firm specializing in enterprise-level web application development, custom product development, and technology solutions that help customers accelerate growth, capitalize on new market opportunities, and optimize operational efficiency. 


ICS is the event venue sponsor. ICS provides streamlined staffing services that help clients focus on their core business competencies. Their mission is to deliver the best talent without compromising a company's most precious asset -- time.




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  • E\/IE B.

    Solid overview of aws dynamodb.

    March 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk! Nice to have someone from Amazon coming all the way to NYC.
    As mentioned by another member, I am also really curious to know what's going on behind the scene.
    DynamoDB seems like an interesting cloud solution compared to other NoSQL db.
    Would be great to see a case study with Php.

    March 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It has its share of pros and cons and I believe for the people those that do not want to go with the hassles of building a "data center" of their own and installing, tuning Cassandra or Riak or other alternatives available in the market to their use case, DynamoDB does offer a plug-n-play like solution. I hope they do release some information soon on how their backend is developed (as it has widely diverged from the Dynamo paper). It will be interesting to see how they worked on implementing the consistency guarantees that they have set.

    March 7, 2012

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