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Amazon launches DynamoDB in Europe
Amazon launches new NoSQL database service, DynamoDB, in Europe offering compliance with EU data regulations.
Amazon has launched its new NoSQL database service, DynamoDB, in Europe. The service promises a scalable database that complies with EU data regulations.
The database service offers, according to Amazon, extremely fast and predictable performance coupled with scalability. It manages to achieve this by ditching traditional hard drive storage in favour of solid state disks (SSD) that offer greater benefits in terms of speed . Commodity SSDs can run up to 400 times faster than a traditional hard disk.
Amazon said that the service would be easy for users to set up. Customers can launch a new DynamoDB database table with a few clicks and scale up or down their request capacity for the table "without downtime or performance degradation". This, it said, would offload the burden of operating and scaling distributed databases without the need to provision new hardware or deal with issues such as setup and configuration, replication, software patching, partitioning, or cluster scaling.
With the launch in Europe, customers using the service can comply with European data regulations as their data does not leave the European Union. It also replicates the database synchronously across multiple AWS Availability Zones with Amazon's EU-West region for high availability and data durability.
According to Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon, DynamoDB is the result of "everything we’ve learned from building large-scale, non-relational databases for Amazon.com and building highly scalable and reliable cloud computing services at AWS."
"Customers can now remove the operational headaches of managing distributed systems and deploy a non-relational database in a matter of minutes," he added.
Pricing for DynamoDB in Europe starts at $0.0113 per hour for every 10 units of Write Capacity and $0.0113 per hour for every 50 units of Read Capacity. Businesses can get started with the service using a free tier that provides 100MB of storage, and five writes and 10 reads per second (up to 40 million requests per month) free of charge.