Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. DC2 nodes deliver up to twice the performance as the previous generation DC1 nodes, at the same price.

DC2 is designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput. They feature powerful Intel E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs, fast DDR4 memory, and NVMe-based solid state disks (SSDs). Our DC2.8xlarge instances now provide twice the memory per slice of data and an optimized storage layout with 30% better storage utilization than DC2.large, DC1.large, and DC1.8xlarge instances.

If you have a DC1.large Amazon Redshift cluster, you can simply restore to a new DC2.large cluster using an existing snapshot. To migrate from DS2.xlarge, DS2.8xlarge, or DC1.8xlarge Amazon Redshift clusters, you can use the resize operation to move data to your new DC2 cluster. For more information, see Clusters and Nodes in Amazon Redshift.

You can save up to 75% over On-Demand rates by committing to use Amazon Redshift on Reserved Instances for a 1- or 3-year term. Reserved Instance pricing is specific to the node type purchased, and remains in effect until the reservation term ends.

Please see the AWS Region Table for Amazon Redshift availability.

Learn more about Amazon Redshift DC2 nodes by reading the AWS blog and visiting the Amazon Redshift pricing page.