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Data model

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2018


The data model of Table Store is defined by Table, Row, Primary Key, and Attribute, as shown in the following diagram.

Data model

  • A table is a set of rows, and a row consists of the primary key and attribute.

  • The primary key and attribute columns consist of names and values.

  • All rows in a table must contain primary key columns with the same number and name. However, the number, name, and data type of attribute columns within the rows can vary.

  • Each attribute column can contain multiple versions, and each version (that is, the timestamp) corresponds to a column value, which is different from that of a primary key column.

    Note: Timestamp is the sum of the milliseconds counted from 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC to the time when data is written.


The following example illustrates two rows in a table. The ID column is the primary key column.

ID Type ISBN PageCount Length
‘4776’ timestamp = 1466676354000, value = ‘Book’ timestamp = 1466676354000, value = ‘123*45678912345’ timestamp = 1466676354000, value = 666 -
‘6555’ timestamp = 1466676354000, value = ‘Music’ - - timestamp = 1466676354000, value = 400; timestamp = 1466762754000, value = 500
  • ID is the primary key of the given table. Rows with the ID of '4776' and '6555' have different attributes and can be stored in the same table.

  • The attribute column Type of the row with ID '4776' only has one version. The version is 1466676354000 and the data is 'Book'.

  • The attribute column Length of the row with ID '6555' has two versions. The data of version 1466676354000 is 400 and the data of version 1466762754000 is 500.

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