Last week Amazon Web Services released a revolutionary new service: Redshift. Amazon Redshift enables customers to create enormous data warehouses within the cloud at very inexpensive rates. Redshift delivers “10 times the performance at one-tenth the cost of the on-premises data warehouses that are commonly used today,” according to Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist.

What is RedShift?

Amazon Redshift is a petabyte-scale data warehouse service that is hosted in the cloud, where the infrastructure is fully managed by Amazon Web Services. With Redshift, lightning fast data queries can be made directly in the cloud, with the same business intelligence tools that are used today. Redshift seamlessly integrates with existing Business Intelligence tools such as Jaspersoft, Microstrategy, Pentaho, Tableau, Business Objects, and Cognos.

Redshift was built to be secure and highly automated. Common administrative tasks such as monitoring, data backups, data security, and configuring new storage are all built-in processes. Redshift also features support for Amazon VPC, and SSL. Keeping your data safe and readily available is easy with Redshift.

How Does Redshift Work?

Amazon Redshift stores data in a collection of nodes. These nodes are joined together to form a cluster. When a cluster is created, developers have the option to specify a certain storage size, memory, and CPU for each node. After a cluster is created, it can be scaled up or down through modifying the number, and types of nodes.

Every aspect of Amazon Redshift can be easily managed through an online interface created by AWS in concert with your managed service provider. Existing AWS customers can enable Redshift directly from their AWS dashboard. Redshift clusters can even be populated directly from Amazon S3, or Amazon DynamoDB which makes switching to Redshift a breeze for anyone already using AWS products.

How much does RedShift Cost?

Amazon Redshift follows the same affordable, pay-as-you go price model as the rest of Amazon Web Services’ products. There are zero upfront costs, and zero maintenance expenses associated with Redshift. The hourly rate for Redshift simply depends on the node type, and number of nodes in a cluster needed. Currently, there are two options:

  • High Storage Extra Large (15 GiB of Ram, 4.4. ECU, and 2 TB of local attached compressed user data) for $0.85 per hour
  • High Storage Eight Extra Large (120 GiB of Ram, 35 ECU, and 16 TB of local user data) for $6.80 per hour.

Customers also have the option to choose reserved instance pricing, which is ideal for businesses who need long-term storage totaling a year or more. A One Year Reserved Instance brings the annual cost per terabyte to $2,190, and a Three Year Reserve Instance drops the price to $999.

Redshift is currently only available right here in the U.S. East Region, but the service is expected to expand quickly. As a Standard Consulting Partner, Offspring Solutions is excited to introduce Redshift to our clients. We are one of the few companies with direct access to important AWS resources that our clients can rely on for running applications in the cloud.

To find out more information about Redshift, watch the following video from Amazon Web Services, or contact Offspring Solutions today at (703) 277-7752 to see how we can help you manage your data in the cloud.

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