DynamoDB Table Classes

DynamoDB Table Classes

  • DynamoDB table classes are designed to help you optimize for cost.
  • DynamoDB currently supports two table classes
    • DynamoDB Standard table class is the default, and is recommended for the vast majority of workloads.
    • DynamoDB Standard-Infrequent Access (DynamoDB Standard-IA) table class which is optimized for tables where storage is the dominant cost. e.g, tables that store infrequently accessed data, such as logs, old social media posts, e-commerce order history, and past gaming achievements
  • Every DynamoDB table is associated with a table class.
  • All secondary indexes associated with the table use the same table class.
  • DynamoDB table class can be
    • set when creating the table (DynamoDB Standard by default) or
    • updating the table class of an existing table using the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or AWS SDK.
  • DynamoDB also supports managing the table class using AWS CloudFormation for single-region tables (tables that are not global tables).
  • Each table class offers different pricing for data storage as well as read and write requests.
  • You can select the most cost-effective table class for your table based on its storage and throughput usage patterns.

DynamoDB Table Classes Considerations

  • DynamoDB Standard table class offers lower throughput costs than DynamoDB Standard-IA and is the most cost-effective option for tables where throughput is the dominant cost.
  • DynamoDB Standard-IA table class offers lower storage costs than DynamoDB Standard and is the most cost-effective option for tables where storage is the dominant cost.
  • DynamoDB Standard-IA tables offer the same performance, durability, and availability as DynamoDB Standard tables.
  • Switching between the DynamoDB Standard and DynamoDB Standard-IA table classes does not require changing the application code. You use the same DynamoDB APIs and service endpoints regardless of the table class your tables use.
  • DynamoDB Standard-IA tables are compatible with all existing DynamoDB features such as auto-scaling, on-demand mode, time-to-live (TTL), on-demand backups, point-in-time recovery (PITR), and global secondary indexes.
  • Cost-effectiveness of table class for the table depends on the table’s expected storage and throughput usage patterns. It is recommended to look at the table’s historical storage and throughput cost and usage with AWS Cost and Usage Reports and the AWS Cost Explorer.

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