AWS Big Data Blog

Collect, parse, transform, and stream Windows events, logs, and metrics using Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows

A complete data pipeline that includes Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows (KA4W) can help you analyze and monitor the performance, security, and availability of Windows-based services. You can build near-real-time dashboards and alarms for your Windows services. You can also use visualization and business intelligence tools such as Amazon Athena, Kibana, Amazon QuickSight, and […]

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Chasing earthquakes: How to prepare an unstructured dataset for visualization via ETL processing with Amazon Redshift

As organizations expand analytics practices and hire data scientists and other specialized roles, big data pipelines are growing increasingly complex. Sophisticated models are being built using the troves of data being collected every second. The bottleneck today is often not the know-how of analytical techniques. Rather, it’s the difficulty of building and maintaining ETL (extract, transform, and load) jobs using tools that might be unsuitable for the cloud. In this post, I demonstrate a solution to this challenge.

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Performance matters: Amazon Redshift is now up to 3.5x faster for real-world workloads

Since we launched Amazon Redshift, thousands of customers have trusted us to get uncompromising speed for their most complex analytical workloads. Over the course of 2017, our customers benefited from a 3x to 5x performance gain, resulting from short query acceleration, result caching, late materialization, and many other under-the-hood improvements. In this post, we highlight […]

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Dynamically scale up storage on Amazon EMR clusters

In a managed Apache Hadoop environment—like an Amazon EMR cluster—when the storage capacity on your cluster fills up, there is no convenient solution to deal with it. This situation occurs because you set up Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes and configure mount points when the cluster is launched, so it’s difficult to modify […]

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Closing the customer journey loop with Amazon Redshift at Equinox Fitness Clubs

Clickstream analysis tools handle their data well, and some even have impressive BI interfaces. However, analyzing clickstream data in isolation comes with many limitations. For example, a customer is interested in a product or service on your website. They go to your physical store to purchase it. The clickstream analyst asks, “What happened after they […]

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Advanced analytics with table calculations in Amazon QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight recently launched table calculations, which enable you to perform complex calculations on your data to derive meaningful insights. In this blog post, we go through examples of applying these calculations to a sample sales data set so that you can start using these for your own needs. You can find the sample data […]

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Restrict access to your AWS Glue Data Catalog with resource-level IAM permissions and resource-based policies

Data cataloging is an important part of many analytical systems. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides integration with a wide number of tools. Using the Data Catalog, you also can specify a policy that grants permissions to objects in the Data Catalog. Data lakes require detailed access control at both the content level and the level of the metadata describing the content. In this post, we show how you can define the access policies for the metadata in the catalog.

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Migrate to Apache HBase on Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR: Guidelines and Best Practices

This whitepaper walks you through the stages of a migration. It also helps you determine when to choose Apache HBase on Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR, plan for platform security, tune Apache HBase and EMRFS to support your application SLA, identify options to migrate and restore your data, and manage your cluster in production.

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Connect to Amazon Athena with federated identities using temporary credentials

This post walks through three scenarios to enable trusted users to access Athena using temporary security credentials. First, we use SAML federation where user credentials were stored in Active Directory. Second, we use a custom credentials provider library to enable cross-account access. And third, we use an EC2 Instance Profile role to provide temporary credentials for users in our organization to access Athena.

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