AWS Big Data Blog

Category: Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3)

Analyze Apache Parquet optimized data using Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, Amazon Athena, and Amazon Redshift

Kinesis Data Firehose can now save data to Amazon S3 in Apache Parquet or Apache ORC format. These are optimized columnar formats that are highly recommended for best performance and cost-savings when querying data in S3. This feature directly benefits you if you use Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift, AWS Glue, Amazon EMR, or any other big data tools that are available from the AWS Partner Network and through the open-source community.

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Analyze data in Amazon DynamoDB using Amazon SageMaker for real-time prediction

I’ll describe how to read the DynamoDB backup file format in Data Pipeline, how to convert the objects in S3 to a CSV format that Amazon ML can read, and I’ll show you how to schedule regular exports and transformations using Data Pipeline.

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Best Practices for Running Apache Kafka on AWS

The best practices described in this post are based on our experience in running and operating large-scale Kafka clusters on AWS for more than two years. Our intent for this post is to help AWS customers who are currently running Kafka on AWS, and also customers who are considering migrating on-premises Kafka deployments to AWS.

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Build a Data Lake Foundation with AWS Glue and Amazon S3

A data lake is an increasingly popular way to store and analyze data that addresses the challenges of dealing with massive volumes of heterogeneous data. A data lake allows organizations to store all their data—structured and unstructured—in one centralized repository. Because data can be stored as-is, there is no need to convert it to a predefined schema. This post walks you through the process of using AWS Glue to crawl your data on Amazon S3 and build a metadata store that can be used with other AWS offerings.

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