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Since the publishing of our deep dive assessment of Amazon’s data platforms, Amazon has significantly added to the portfolio with announcements at re:Invent 2018.


  • The announcements fit under three broad themes: enhancements to existing database platforms, unveiling of new database platforms, and extending AWS’s footprint through hybrid cloud.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the latest wave of AWS data platform announcements.
  • Compares AWS's approach to those of its cloud and database rivals.

Key questions answered

  • How does DocumentDB compare to MongoDB?
  • How is Aurora supporting cross-region capabilities?
  • What is the relation of Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) to blockchain technology?
  • How does Timestream compare to other time series databases currently on the market?
  • How is AWS extending support to hybrid cloud?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Existing platforms

  • Aurora goes global
  • DynamoDB

New database platforms

  • DocumentDB
  • Timestream
  • Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB)

Extending the footprint

  • Going Hybrid with RDS on VMware
  • Outposts carves a foothold in the data center
  • Building the data lake


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author