amazon-dynamodbBatch Operations: Things to know


Introduction

Database is an integral part of any application and performance and persistance are real challenges faced by any web application. NoSql databases are no different in this matter and need to be dealt carefully. DynamoDB being one of the NoSQL database that is provided by Amazon Web Services support batch operations in addition to the CRUD operations. Lets start with Batch Operations. In this example we will learn how we can make use of Dynamo DB's JAVA SDK to perform Batch Inserts.

Remarks

Good to know about Batch operations

  1. Batch operation doesn't minimize the HTTP request count, rather it has more features to handle when we receive a throttling error. To put it simple, each record that we insert into dynamo db will consume one http request.
  2. Sound implementation of batch operation is to first to cache data temporarily and once we have the threshold number, ie 25, is the correct time to fire a batch request.
  3. Any request that fails due to throttling will be retried between(500-999 ) milliseconds, as recommended by Amazon best practices.