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AWS Announces Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator, Delivering Up to 10X Faster Query Performance

by April 19, 2017 General

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Source: Amazon

Headline: AWS Announces Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator, Delivering Up to 10X Faster Query Performance

New, fully managed in-memory cache can reduce Amazon DynamoDB
response times from milliseconds to microseconds

Preview starts today

Today,Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company
(NASDAQ: AMZN), announced Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), a fully
managed, highly available, in-memory cache that can reduce Amazon
DynamoDB response times from milliseconds to microseconds, even at
millions of requests per second. Customers can add DAX to their existing
DynamoDB applications with just a few clicks in the AWS Management
Console – no application rewrites required. There are no upfront costs
or commitments with DAX, and customers only pay for the capacity they
provision. To learn more about DAX, visit

Amazon DynamoDB has simplified NoSQL database management by providing a
fully managed, seamlessly scalable NoSQL database service. More than a
hundred thousand AWS customers, including, Adobe, AdRoll, Airbnb,
Amazon, DataXu, Duolingo, Expedia, FanDuel, Lyft, Mapbox, MLB Advanced
Media, Redfin, Supercell, Twilio, Under Armour, VidRoll, and Zynga rely
on Amazon DynamoDB to deliver consistent, single-digit millisecond
latency for some of the world’s largest mobile, web, gaming, ad tech,
and IoT applications. However, many applications with near real-time
requirements for accessing data (e.g. real-time bidding, weather data,
social gaming, or financial trading) need even faster performance. Until
now, achieving further performance gains has meant deploying and
managing in-memory caching clusters in front of Amazon DynamoDB, which
often require developers to rewrite their applications, and require a
specialized skillset to implement and operate. With DAX, customers get a
fully managed cache that boosts Amazon DynamoDB performance up to ten
times, speeding response times to microseconds without requiring
customers to setup, manage, and sync a separate caching cluster.
Customers don’t need to rewrite their applications to get DAX for their
DynamoDB apps; they simply provision a DAX cluster, point their
application to the DAX endpoint, and DAX automatically caches item and
query results in-memory on designated DAX instances. DAX clusters can
scale while handling millions of requests per second, combining
in-memory performance acceleration with the simplicity, flexibility, and
scale of Amazon DynamoDB so applications remain fast and responsive
regardless of the volume of requests.

“In just five years, Amazon DynamoDB has emerged as the backbone for
many powerful Internet applications and Amazon’s consumer businesses,
and today developers use Amazon DynamoDB to handle well over a trillion
requests per day. But, customers that need applications to respond in
microseconds have often asked us whether we could make Amazon DynamoDB
even faster,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics,
and AI, AWS. “We’re very excited to take Amazon DynamoDB’s performance
to the next level with DAX – it’s like rocket fuel that can speed
response times to microseconds for millions of requests per second
without requiring customers to rewrite their applications. With DAX,
applications remain fast and responsive – even when they experience
massive spikes in request volumes.”

Expedia, Inc. is one of the world’s leading travel companies, helping
millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. “At
Expedia, we are longtime customers of AWS, and use DynamoDB across the
company to power many of our applications,” said Brandon O’Brien,
Principal Software Engineer, Expedia, Inc. “We received early access to
Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator, and it has proven to be fast and easy to
use. DAX represents a big opportunity for us to find the optimal balance
between infrastructure cost and system performance.”

Eyeview Digital is a leader in ad tech focusing on video marketing
technology. “In the Real-Time Bidding realm, using a lightning-fast and
reliable key value store is a requirement you cannot work around, and
for which we turned to Amazon DynamoDB. With hundreds of thousands of
queries to Amazon DynamoDB per second, we have to make sure we are not
hitting hot keys, balancing load, and optimizing for cost efficiency,”
said Shahar Kobrinky, Vice President, Architecture and Scale, Eyeview.
“Getting early access to DAX allowed us to do just that. Repeated users
are now being handled by the DAX cache without making the more expensive
(in both latency and cost) call to Amazon DynamoDB. We’re excited about
DAX, and we can definitely see its value for many AWS customers as it
has been and will continue to be valuable for us.”

Genesys is the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and
contact center solutions. “The AWS team has taken a best-practice
architectural pattern and turned it into something repeatable and
valuable for its customers. I expect DAX to become the de facto
replacement for our distributed cache plus Amazon DynamoDB storage tier
across our collections of microservices in PureCloud,” said Glenn
, Chief Architect of PureCloud by Genesys. “The combination of
sub-millisecond latency and simple transitions from the existing Amazon
DynamoDB client means we’ll be able to rapidly adopt this service as it
becomes available across the globe, significantly improving our
performance and cost profile for read-intensive workloads.”

Twilio helps businesses make communications relevant and contextual by
making it possible to easily embed real-time communication and
authentication capabilities directly into software applications. “We
depend upon Amazon DynamoDB’s consistent performance and scalability and
trust it to power our Programmable Chat offering,” said Pat Malatack,
General Manager of Twilio Messaging. “The ability to supercharge
DynamoDB with DAX is something we’re looking forward to.”

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