Amazon Web Services Intros Amazon Redshift

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Amazon Web Services Intros Amazon RedshiftAmazon Web Services Intros Amazon RedshiftAmazon Web Services said on Wednesday that it has launched a limited preview of Amazon Redshift, a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud.

By using Redshift, AWS customers can still use their current SQL-based business intelligence tools while also increasing the speed of query performance when analyzing virtually any size data set.

"With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can launch a Redshift cluster, starting with a few hundred gigabytes and scaling to a petabyte or more, for under $1,000 per terabyte per year – one tenth the price of most data warehousing solutions available to customers today," the company said.

According to Amazon, Redshift manages all of the work needed to set up, operate, and scale a data warehouse. This includes provisioning the storage capacity, monitoring and backing up the cluster, applying patches and upgrades, and more. Redshift even makes it simple to scale a cluster to improve performance, and to add extra storage capacity when needed. It also costs a fraction of what existing data warehouses require, allowing companies to save money.

"Amazon Redshift uses a number of techniques, including columnar data storage, advanced compression, and high performance IO and network, to achieve significantly higher performance than traditional databases for data warehousing and analytics workloads," AWS added. "By distributing and parallelizing queries across a cluster of inexpensive nodes, Amazon Redshift makes it easy to obtain high performance without requiring customers to hand-tune queries, maintain indices, or pre-compute results."

Amazon Redshift is certified by popular business intelligence tools, including Jaspersoft and MicroStrategy. Even more, over twenty customers are already enrolled in the Amazon Redshift private beta program including Flipboard, NASA/JPL, Netflix, and Schumacher Group.

"At Netflix, we deliver personalized recommendations for our millions of subscribers by analyzing large volumes of data, and are always looking for ways to improve our service," said Kurt Brown, Director, Data Science & Engineering Platform at Netflix. "We're very excited about the cost-disruptive and cloud-based model of Amazon Redshift. It's sure to shake up the data warehousing industry."

For more information and to sign up for the limited preview of Amazon Redshift, head here.

Kevin ParrishKevin ParrishKevin Parrish is a contributing editor and writer for Tom's Hardware,Tom's Games and Tom's Guide. He's also a graphic artist, CAD operator and network administrator.

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