Earlier this week, Amazon unveiled their new cloud data warehouse, Amazon Redshift. The cost advantages of housing data with Amazon’s cloud solution rather than investing in the infrastructure for an on-site solution is clear: Redshift will cost about $1,000 per terabyte per year (fully managed/monitored) as opposed to around $20,000 per terabyte per year if it was used in-house.
Redshift may seem similar to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), the data solution previously available from Amazon. However, Redshift will be used exclusively for big data warehousing and analytics, and is scalable. RDS is simply not designed to do petabyte-scale data warehousing because it’s based on a Microsoft SQL server.
What Information Week has highlighted as a real market disruption is Redshift’s accessibility to small to midsize businesses, allowing them to get into data warehousing at a very low cost.
Read more about Redshift here.