Amazon Web Services (AWS) has officially made available its DynamoDB database service in Western Europe, enabling UK customers to take advantage of a scalable database platform hosted on Amazon's own cloud computing infrastructure.
Officially launched last month, DynamoDB is based on NoSQL database technology and is designed to offload the administrative overhead of handling large-scale datasets, according to Amazon, so customers do not have to concern themselves with details such as hardware provisioning, configuration, replication, or cluster scaling.
Amazon claims that users can launch a new DynamoDB database table and scale up or down capacity with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, all without downtime or performance degradation.
From today, DynamoDB is available from Amazon datacentres in Western Europe, meaning customers can be sure they are in compliance with European regulations and that their data will not leave the European Union.
As with Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service, DynamoDB is available on a free tier to help users get up and running, in this case providing 100MB of storage and supporting up to five writes and 10 reads per second free of charge.
The DynamoDB service stores data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) for performance and also ensures high availability by replicating it across multiple AWS Availability Zones within the EU-West region, Amazon added.
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