AWS Announces General Availability of AQUA for Amazon Redshift
SEATTLE, April 15, 2021 — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of AQUA for Amazon Redshift, an innovative new distributed and hardware-accelerated cache that delivers up to ten times better query performance than other enterprise cloud data warehouses. AQUA brings compute to the storage layer, helping customers avoid networking bandwidth limitations by eliminating unnecessary data movement between where data is stored and compute clusters. With AQUA, customers have more up-to-date dashboards, save development time, and their systems are easier to maintain. AQUA is available on Redshift RA3 instances at no additional cost, and customers can take advantage of the AQUA performance improvements without any code changes. To get started with AQUA, visit https://aws.amazon.com/redshift/features/aqua.
Since its launch in 2012 as the first data warehouse built for the cloud at a cost of 1/10th that of traditional data warehouses, Amazon Redshift has become the most popular cloud data warehouse. Last year, AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Redshift RA3 instances, which allow customers to scale compute and storage separately and deliver up to 3x better price performance than any other cloud data warehouse. However, even as the performance of data warehouses continues to increase, the rapid growth of data that customers need to process in their data warehouses has led to a difficult balancing act between performance and cost-effective scaling. The prevailing approach to data warehousing has been to build out an architecture whereby large amounts of centralized storage data are moved to waiting compute nodes for processing. The challenge with this approach is that there is a lot of data movement between the shared storage and the compute nodes. As data volumes continue to grow at a rapid clip, this data movement saturates available networking bandwidth and slows down performance. In addition to the networking bottleneck, CPUs are not able to keep up with the faster growth in storage capabilities (SSD storage throughput has grown 6x faster than the ability of CPUs to process data from memory), which either creates a new CPU bottleneck of its own or forces more customers to over-provision compute to get their work done more quickly.
AQUA for Amazon Redshift is a distributed and hardware-accelerated cache for Amazon Redshift; an innovation that improves performance for analytics at the new scale of data. AQUA brings compute to the storage layer, so data does not have to move back and forth between the two. This enables Amazon Redshift to run queries up to ten times faster than other enterprise cloud data warehouses. The AQUA cache scales out and processes data in parallel across many nodes. Each node possesses a hardware module composed of AWS-designed analytics processors that dramatically accelerate data compression, encryption, and data processing tasks like scans, aggregates, and filtering. AQUA also gives customers the added benefit of being able to do compute on their raw storage, which saves time that would otherwise be spent moving data around. With this new architecture, and the order-of-magnitude better performance it brings, Redshift customers have more up-to-date dashboards, save development time, and their systems are easier to maintain.
“Existing data warehouse architectures with centralized storage require that data be moved to compute clusters for processing, which creates a bottleneck and slows down performance,” said Rahul Pathak, VP, Analytics, AWS. “By bringing compute to the storage layer, AQUA helps customers eliminate unnecessary data movement to avoid these networking bandwidth limitations, delivering up to an order-of-magnitude query performance improvement over other enterprise cloud data warehouses— and this game-changing leap in performance is available to Amazon Redshift users at no additional cost.”
AQUA for Amazon Redshift is generally available today to customers running Amazon Redshift RA3 instances in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Europe (Ireland), with availability in additional regions coming soon.
Sisense’s mission is to help businesses infuse analytics everywhere and empower their customers and employees to act on their data at the right time, every time. “Thousands of enterprise companies and global brands rely on our AI-driven analytics platform to innovate, disrupt markets, and drive meaningful change in the world,” said Guy Levy-Yurista, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Sisense. “We use Amazon Redshift to enable our customers to rapidly and easily transform complex data into highly interactive, actionable apps that can be embedded and delivered at scale. We are using AQUA for Redshift and are delighted to see complex analytic queries that scan, filter, and aggregate large data sets run up to 8-10x faster than before. AQUA for Redshift gives us the performance and scalability needed to quickly analyze petabytes of data and deliver timely insights that benefit every user and every team.”
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