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Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse solution that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. You can start small for just $0.25 per hour with no commitments or upfront costs and scale to a petabyte or more for $1,000 per terabyte per year, less than a tenth of most other data warehousing solutions.


  • Optimized for Data Warehousing
    Amazon Redshift uses a variety of innovations to obtain very high query performance on datasets ranging in size from a hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more. It uses columnar storage, data compression, and zone maps to reduce the amount of I/O needed to perform queries. Amazon Redshift has a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, parallelizing and distributing SQL operations to take advantage of all available resources.
  • Scalable
    Amazon Redshift enables you to start with as little as a single 160GB DW2.Large node and scale up all the way to a petabyte or more of compressed user data using 16TB DW1.8XLarge nodes. While resizing, Amazon Redshift places your existing cluster into read-only mode, provisions a new cluster of your chosen size, and then copies data from your old cluster to your new one in parallel.
  • Reserved DB Instances
    Reserved DB Instances give you the option to make a low, one-time payment for each DB Instance you want to reserve and in turn receive a significant discount on the hourly usage charge for that DB Instance. Depending on your usage, you can choose between three Reserved DB Instance types (Light, Medium, and Heavy Utilization) and receive anywhere between 30% and 55% of discount over On-Demand prices. To learn more, please visit our Reserved DB Instances page.


  • No Up-Front Costs
    You pay only for the resources you provision. You can choose On-Demand pricing with no up-front costs or long-term commitments, or obtain significantly discounted rates with Reserved Instance pricing.


  • Get Started in Minutes
    With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console or simple API calls, you can create a cluster, specifying its size, underlying node type, and security profile. Amazon Redshift will provision your nodes, configure the connections between them, and secure the cluster. Your data warehouse should be up and running in minutes.
  • Fully Managed
    Amazon Redshift handles all the work needed to manage, monitor, and scale your data warehouse, from monitoring cluster health and taking backups to applying patches and upgrades. You can easily add or remove nodes from your cluster as your performance and capacity needs change.
  • Fault Tolerant
    Amazon Redshift has multiple features that enhance the reliability of your data warehouse cluster. All data written to a node in your cluster is automatically replicated to other nodes within the cluster and all data is continuously backed up to Amazon S3.
  • Automated Backups
    Amazon Redshift's automated snapshot feature continuously backs up new data on the cluster to Amazon S3. Snapshots are continuous, incremental and automatic. Amazon Redshift stores your snapshots for a user-defined period, which can be from one to thirty-five days.
  • Fast Restores
    You can use any system or user snapshot to restore your cluster using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon Redshift APIs. Your cluster is available as soon as the system metadata has been restored and you can start running queries while user data is spooled down in the background.


  • Encryption
    If you choose to enable encryption of data at rest, all data written to disk will be encrypted as well as any backups. By default, Amazon Redshift takes care of key management but you can choose to manage your keys using your own hardware security modules (HSMs), AWS CloudHSM, or AWS Key Management Service.
  • Network Isolation
    Amazon Redshift enables you to configure firewall rules to control network access to your data warehouse cluster. You can also run Amazon Redshift inside Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) to isolate your data warehouse cluster in your own virtual network and connect it to your existing IT infrastructure using industry-standard encrypted IPsec VPN.
  • Audit and Compliance
    Amazon Redshift integrates with AWS CloudTrail to enable you to audit all Redshift API calls. Amazon Redshift also logs all SQL operations, including connection attempts, queries and changes to your database. You can access these logs using SQL queries against system tables or choose to have them downloaded to a secure location on Amazon S3.


  • SQL
    Amazon Redshift is a SQL data warehouse solution and uses industry standard ODBC and JDBC connections and PostgreSQL drivers. Many popular software vendors are certifying Amazon Redshift with their offerings to enable you to continue to use the tools you do today. See the Amazon Redshift partner page for details.
  • Integrated
    Amazon Redshift is integrated with other AWS services and has built in commands to load data in parallel to each node from Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB or your EC2 and on-premise servers using SSH. AWS Data Pipeline and Amazon Kinesis both integrate with Amazon Redshift as a data target.

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