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Practical Tips for Optimizing SimpleDB Access

Sid Anand, Netflix cloud engineer, shares a set of tips for optimizing access to SimpleDB based on his extensive experience using it:

I’ve been a heavy-user of SimpleDB since January 2009, storing, writing, and reading billions of items. Based on my experience, I’ve compiled a list of best practices and conventions to simplify working with SimpleDB.

His article talks about handling numerical and time data, UUIDs/GUIDs, composite value attributes, batched PUTs and a couple more tricks.

Update: Now the original post got split in three parts: ☞ part 2, covering tips on case sensitiveness, sharding, non-indexed queries, eventual consistency and batched PUTs, and ☞ part 3 sharing tips on attribute value length, default query limit,