Posted On: Sep 23, 2021

AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) for Amazon Redshift is now generally available for Amazon Redshift RA3.xlplus nodes.

AQUA is a new distributed and hardware-accelerated cache that enables Amazon Redshift to run up to 10x faster than other enterprise cloud data warehouses by automatically boosting certain types of queries. AQUA uses AWS-designed processors with AWS Nitro chips adapted to speed up data encryption and compression, and custom analytics processors, implemented in FPGAs, to accelerate operations such as scans, filtering, and aggregation. Amazon Redshift RA3 is the latest generation node type that allows you to scale compute and storage for your data warehouses independently. The RA3 node family includes RA3.16xlarge, RA3.4xlarge, and RA3.xlplus nodes for large, medium, and small workloads.

AQUA is now available with the RA3.16xlarge, RA3.4xlarge, or RA3.xlplus nodes at no additional charge and with no code changes. You can enable AQUA for your existing Redshift RA3 clusters or launch a new AQUA enabled RA3 cluster via the AWS Management Console, API, or CLI. To learn more about AQUA, visit the documentation.

AQUA is available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions, and will expand to additional regions in the coming months.