Amazon Web Services puts Redshift on general release

News Jane McCallion Feb 15, 2013
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Redshift cloud-based data warehousing service now generally available

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that its petabyte-scale data warehousing service, Redshift, has gone on general relase.

The firm unveiled the service, which allows companies to analyse all their data using their existing business intelligence tools, at its Re:Invent conference in November last year, and claimed it would be a tenth of the cost of its rivals' on-premise offerings.

“Redshift is optimised for analysing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and can provide significantly better performance at less than one tenth of the price of most data warehousing solutions available to you today,” the organisation said in a statement.

On-demand pricing for Redshift begins at $0.85 (£0.55) per hour for a 2-terabyte data warehouse, which scales linearly to a petabyte or more.

Reserved instance pricing is cheaper in theory, at $0.228 (£0.146) per hour, which equates to under $1,000 (£644.38) per year, however this is a rolling cost.

“Amazon Redshift also frees you from all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse,” AWS said.

It is also highly secure, according to AWS, supporting Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) out of the box.

“You can encrypt all your data and backups with just a few clicks,” the company said.

Additionally, using AWS Data Pipeline, companies can pull in data from Amazon Elastic MapReduce, RDS and their EC2 databases, allowing them to combine and analyse data from multiple sources.

Redshift also integrates directly with Amazon S3 and DynamoDB and is available immediately on the US East (N. Virginia) with additional regions “coming soon”.