Amazon SimpleDB Reviews

View Amazon SimpleDB's database software for your business. Includes info on Amazon SimpleDB, free trials, reviews, pricing, and FAQs.

Updated on April 23rd, 2019

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Amazon SimpleDB is a provider of database software that offloads the work of database administration, as developers store and query data items via web services requests. This service charges users only for the resources actually consumed in storing data and serving requests.

Amazon SimpleDB Pricing:

Plan Name

Monthly Pricing U.S. East (North Virginia)

Monthly Pricing U.S. West (Northern California)

Monthly Pricing U.S.West (Oregon)

Free under 25 machine hours




Over 25 machine hours




All Data Transfer In




Data Transfer Out first GB




Data Transfer Out up to 10 TB.

$0.09 per GB

$0.09 per GB

$0.09 per GB

Data Transfer Out next 40 TB

$0.085 per GB

$0.085 per GB

$0.085 per GB

Data Transfer Out next 100 TB

$0.07 per GB

$0.07 per GB

$0.07 per GB

Data Transfer Out next 150 TB and over

$0.05 per GB

$0.05 per GB

$0.05 per GB

Structured Data Storage first GB




Structured Data Storage per GB thereafter




Amazon SimpleDB Review
Amazon SimpleDB Review:

Pros: Strong security to protect your information. Simple to learn and use.

Cons: Navigation changes regularly.

Bottomline: Makes the querying of your database and maintenance easier, which enables your team to focus on more relevant and complex tasks.

Amazon SimpleDB Key Information:


Jeff Bezos




Seattle, WA


Andy Jassy


1 (877) 586-3230


410 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109


Amazon SimpleDB FAQs:

What is Amazon SimpleDB 's price range?

Amazon Simple DB's pricing varies according to where you are situated in the U.S. Their monthly pricing per machine hour ranges between $0.00 and $0.05 per GB of data transferred out, and between $0.00 and $0.25 for their structured data storage. Amazon DB has no charge for data transferred in. Contact Amazon Web Services for specialized pricing for transferring more than 350 TB of data out.

Is there an Amazon SimpleDB free trial?

Amazon SimpleDB offers you 25 free machine hours, one GB of data transferred out, one GB of structured data storage, and unlimited data transferred in per month.

Where can I find the Amazon SimpleDB login?

Visit and log in at the top right of the page.

What are some Amazon SimpleDB alternatives?

Amazon SimpleDB News & Activity:


News or Activity

January 9, 2019

AWS Announces Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility

December 18, 2018

Amazon Planning to Create 600 New Tech Jobs in Toronto

December 18, 2018

Longtime Amazon Leader Diego Piacentini Reportedly Leaves

December 17, 2018

Amazon's Vision For The Future of Healthcare is Becoming Clear

November 28, 2018

AWS Announces Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB)

Amazon SimpleDB Reviews:



alex -

SimpleDB is deprecated, more expensive than DDB, and kind of weird to use. Backing your keystore with a deprecated service just sounds like a road to many sleepless nights ;)The utility does depend on three external services: DynamoDB, KMS, and IAM (for permissioning). This might sound like a lot, but the target use case for something like this is a fleet running in the cloud. If you're already running in EC2, then using IAM roles to distribute AWS creds is a no-brainer and very simple. KMS and DDB are also not arduous things to depend on if you're already in the cloud. For credstash, you need to set up your KMS key (and set whatever policies around it make sense for you). Once you do that, there's nothing to manage. Sure, you depend on DDB, but credstash creates the table for you. And unless you need to dial up more throughput (which is a mouse-click operation), you never have to touch it.

wrath -

I've had a decent amount of experience with SimpleDB, and unfortunately I don't find it as good as what Amazon makes it out to be. The name "Simple" defines the service very well. There are too many limitations, which makes SimpleDb almost impossible to use for complex data storage. A few examples of annoying limitations: 1. SimpleDb is a Key to list value pair storage engine (e.g. Key = Name, Values = [John, George, Ringo, Paul]). Seems good but you can only have 256 values per record. 2. Each value is limited to 1024 characters (512 for double byte) 3. Where clauses of "select" statements are ordered by their ascii values. Makes things relatively complex numeric values. Here's some suggestions from amazon when working with numerical values. floating points are especially annoying Bottom line, my take is if you want to use SimpleDB for simple data storage, it's a wonderful service and relatively cost-effective. If you're data is or will become complex, then it's not the service for you. I'd look into Google App Engine for a robust and "free" service.

perciva -

It doesn't scale, and it hasn't had any updates in almost a decade. SimpleDB was a quick-hack AWS released because people needed databases and they weren't ready with anything better. But at this point I get the feeling that it's something Amazon wishes they could pretend never existed.

real_parbold -

SimpleDB is tantamount to a non-HA, high latency DynamoDB—but using SQL (like) queries that don't follow what you would expect. It is not supported in any API beyond version 1 (although the later APIs still include the API v1 for SDB). Amazon does not talk about it because they don't want anyone developing new things against it—but it does still exist, and it won't be going away any time soon. You can think of SDB as a DBI interface to a text file—its slow. It's clunky, its awesome for storing stuff that is not accessed very much by very many services, and not good at all for large amounts of data. I think the most we have in one of our SDB's is about 2,000 rows. We used it because it was what was available, and the legacy code that still relies on it is slowly being phased out. Writing anything against it now is a real chore. Do yourself a favour—use DDB or Aurora; depending on your budget restraints.

@esh -

Just a note of thanks to Amazon for keeping SimpleDB running, even though it's not promoted in the AWS console, service lists, or status page.