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Understanding Amazon DynamoDB

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Intended Audience

This course has been created for those who are working with Amazon DynamoDB and need to understand the ins and outs of the service. If you are a database administrator, an engineer working with DynamoDB, or if you’re looking to take an AWS certification such as the AWS Certified Developer - Associate Certification, this course is for you. 

Learning Objectives

In this guided course, you will progress through a mixture of on-demand courses and hands-on labs, enabling you to feel comfortable working with Amazon DynamoDB. The course starts with an overview of DynamoDB, then progresses into how to create tables and indices, how to read and write data to DynamoDB, how to work with large tables in DynamoDB, and how to use DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) to enhance performance including a hands-on lab for each service. As a result, you will learn: 

  • What the service does and the benefit it provides
  • When to use the service 
  • Basic DynamoDB terminology 
  • How it relates to other databases
  • How to interact with the database using the DynamoDB API
  • How to create DynamoDB tables using the AWS Console
  • How to create local and global secondary indexes 
  • How to provision and configure DynamoDB in a manner that ensures it is highly available and able to serve all read and write requests to it.
  • How to read and write to DynamoDB
  • How to look for items in your DynamoDB tables
  • How DynamoDB partitions your data 
  • How partitioning affects you 
  • How DynamoDB balances partitions in a table
  • What you can do to create balance across partitions
  • What the DynamoDB Accelerator is and why you would want to use it within your DynamoDB database


To get the most out of this course, you should have basic knowledge of the AWS platform, including information about Availability Zones and Regions. It also helps to have some familiarity with databases in general.


We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at support@cloudacademy.com if you are unsure about where to start or if you would like help getting started.

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Alana Layton is an experienced technical trainer, technical content developer, and cloud engineer living out of Seattle, Washington. Her career has included teaching about AWS all over the world, creating AWS content that is fun, and working in consulting. She currently holds six AWS certifications. Outside of Cloud Academy, you can find her testing her knowledge in bar trivia, reading, or training for a marathon.

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