Posted On: Jul 31, 2013

We’re delighted to announce a number new features for Amazon Redshift.

Over the past month, we’ve simplified loading with support for scientific notation, automatic detection of date and time formats and seconds or milliseconds since epoch. We’ve improved compression with byte dictionary encoding of VARCHAR columns, query flexibility with functions for SHA1, MD5, time zone conversions, and workload management with support for setting maximum query execution times for queues. All new clusters launched since 1pm PT on July 25th already have these features and all others will receive them in their next maintenance window.

There’s more coming soon. To help us understand and prioritize the things you need, please visit our forum and give us your feedback. To learn more about Amazon Redshift and its new features visit the Amazon Redshift product detail page and our documentation.