Amazon Redshift delivers fast query and I/O performance for virtually any size dataset by using columnar storage technology and parallelizing and distributing queries across multiple nodes. We’ve made Amazon Redshift easy to use by automating most of the common administrative tasks associated with provisioning, configuring, monitoring, backing up, and securing a data warehouse.
Powerful security functionality is built-in. Amazon Redshift supports Amazon VPC out of the box and you can encrypt all your data and backups with just a few clicks. Once you’ve provisioned your cluster, you can connect to it and start loading data and running queries using the same SQL-based tools you use today.
Amazon Redshift has no upfront costs and you can pay as you go. Pricing is simple – you are charged an hourly rate based on the node type and the number of nodes in your cluster. Amazon Redshift supports two types of data warehouse nodes, a High Storage Extra Large (XL) with 2TB of storage and a High Storage Eight Extra Large (8XL) with 16TB of storage. The price for an 8XL node is simply eight times the price of an XL node.
You can get started with a single XL node, 2TB data warehouse for $0.85 per hour and prices scale linearly up to a petabyte or more. You can pay by the hour or use reserved instance pricing to lower your price to under $1,000 per TB per year.
You can be up and running with Amazon Redshift in minutes by working through our Getting Started Guide. Amazon Redshift integrates directly with Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB. Using AWS Data Pipeline you can pull data from Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon RDS, and your Amazon EC2 databases, allowing you to combine and analyze data from multiple sources with a few simple steps. There is a strong ecosystem around Amazon Redshift with many software and consulting companies working to enable you to use familiar tools and get help with implementations. You can find and 1-Click deploy business intelligence and data integration software from the AWS Marketplace.