Error: DynamoDB service unavailable

Rafal Wilinski

Answered by Rafal Wilinski

What's Causing This Error

The error DynamoDB service unavailable is a general error message indicating that the DynamoDB service is currently unavailable. This can be caused by several issues, such as:

Scheduled maintenance or updates on the service

  • A high volume of traffic to the service.
  • Issues with the underlying infrastructure.
  • Temporary service disruptions.
  • Bugs in the DynamoDB service.

Solution: Here's How To Resolve It

To solve this error, you can take the following steps:

  • Check the status of the DynamoDB service to see if there are any known issues or scheduled maintenance.
  • Implement exponential backoff to handle retries for failed requests.
  • Check the underlying infrastructure to ensure that it is functioning correctly.
  • If the issue persists, you may contact AWS support for further assistance.
  • Additionally, you can use DynamoDB Streams and Lambda functions to handle error handling and retries more efficiently.
  • Monitor your CloudWatch metrics for the DynamoDB table to see if you exceed the read and write capacity units.
  • Additionally, you can use DynamoDB Auto Scaling to automatically adjust your table's provisioned throughput, so that it can handle any increase in traffic without the need for manual intervention.

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