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AndrewAlangaram
Real User
Business Analyst at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The processing of data is very fast.

What needs improvement?

It would be useful to have an option where all of the data can be queried at once and then have the result shown. As it is now, when we run a query and we are looking at the results, part of the data remains to be processed at the back end. That works very well, but in some cases, we require the… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company was using other solutions such as Google Cloud and the Microsoft Cloud Service, but I have not personally used these solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I am very happy with what RedShift has. So far, anything that I have required has been there and whatever use case I have faced, the functionality is available. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to look into what certifications are available and which ones are required for… more»
Real User
Head of Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The product is relatively easy to use because there is no indexing and no partitions. There is no referential integrity only declarative, which is okay.

What needs improvement?

From my perspective, the product could be improved by making it more flexible. There are now more flexible products on the market that allow for expandability and dynamic expansion as the market changes with regard to data warehouses. Although the product is simple to use there can be problems. If… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, if you plan to use the product for a small company and you compare the cost to a product like Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, then you need to consider potential company growth and whether you may need to expand the system in the future, require partitions, etc. It could be… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a five out of ten.
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Shyam Shankar
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 16 2020

What is most valuable?

In terms of valuable features, I like the columnar storage that Redshift provides. The storage is one of the key features that we're looking for. Also, the data updates and the latency between the data-refreshes are valuable.

What needs improvement?

Pricing is one of the concerns that I have because if you compare Snowflake with Redshift, it provides some of the same services, but at a much cheaper rate. So pricing is one of the things that it could improve. It should be more competitive. Otherwise, everything else looks good, especially the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Of course I would advise others to choose Amazon Redshift, as long as pricing is not a concern for them.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 - 10, where 1 is the worst and 10 is the best, I'd give it an 8.
Mediha Šiljić
Real User
Chief Information Officer at Sensilab
Aug 06 2019

What do you think of Amazon Redshift?

What is our primary use case?

We are using the private cloud model of this solution. Our primary use case is for a data warehouse for BI.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are that it's easy to set up and easy to connect the many tools that connect to it.

What needs improvement?

Compatibility with other products, for example, Microsoft and Google, is a bit difficult because each one of them wants to be isolated with their solutions. That's a big problem now.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Redshift for around eight to nine months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is okay. It's easily scalable. We don't have any plans to increase…
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The best part about this solution is the cost. The performance of this solution is good if you have only a few use cases and a few queries, but for larger applications, it is not so good.

What needs improvement?

Running parallel queries results in poor performance and this needs to be improved.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this solution depends on the environment and the requirements. For some, Amazon Redshift is perfect. However, some people will need better queries. Based on my research, many of the products are pretty close. It is possible that the much higher priced solutions have more differences. This is a good solution but the queries need to perform better. I would rate this solution a… more»
Real User
Head of Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 13 2019

What do you think of Amazon Redshift?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for analytics.

What is most valuable?

The solution's flexibility is its most valuable feature. It's also easy to scale and has relatively painless pricing. 

What needs improvement?

The speed of the solution and its portability needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution since 2006.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is getting more stable with each new version. It's stable now, but it can always continue to improve.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale easily.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never been in touch with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The…
Andrew Smale
User
Principal Consultant
May 23 2018

What do you think of Amazon Redshift?

What is our primary use case?

Storing and querying data in near real time. Loading millions of raw CSV records. Running data comparisons and queries, then shutting it all down all within a few hours, once a week.

How has it helped my organization?

Easy to load and reload data.

What is most valuable?

Fast load times  Flexibility in column definitions The ability to reload data multiple times at different times.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if it was a bit cheaper to retain data long-term.  Should be made available across zones, like other Multi-AZ solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Per hour pricing is helpful to keep the costs of a pilot down, but long-term…
Nir Wasserman
Real User
BI Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Feb 04 2019

What do you think of Amazon Redshift?

What is our primary use case?

We use it to build a data warehouse and a centralized location for all of our data sources, allowing for in-depth analysis by using SQL queries.

How has it helped my organization?

Allows for the storage of huge amounts of data.  Assists users to perform ad hoc analysis on a lot sources together.

What is most valuable?

Windows functions, such as LEAD and LAG. Allows you write complex queries and perform row by row processes.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, a pivot function would be a big help. It could save a lot of time creating a query or process to handle operations.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

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What is Amazon Redshift?

Amazon Redshift is a fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. Customers can start small for just $0.25 per hour with no commitments or upfront costs and scale to a petabyte or more for $1,000 per terabyte per year, less than a tenth of most other data warehousing solutions.

Traditional data warehouses require significant time and resource to administer, especially for large datasets. In addition, the financial cost associated with building, maintaining, and growing self-managed, on-premise data warehouses is very high. Amazon Redshift not only significantly lowers the cost of a data warehouse, but also makes it easy to analyze large amounts of data very quickly.

Amazon Redshift gives you fast querying capabilities over structured data using familiar SQL-based clients and business intelligence (BI) tools using standard ODBC and JDBC connections. Queries are distributed and parallelized across multiple physical resources. You can easily scale an Amazon Redshift data warehouse up or down with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console or with a single API call. Amazon Redshift automatically patches and backs up your data warehouse, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period. Amazon Redshift uses replication and continuous backups to enhance availability and improve data durability and can automatically recover from component and node failures. In addition, Amazon Redshift supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), SSL, AES-256 encryption and Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect your data in transit and at rest.

As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use. Amazon Redshift lets you pay as you go. You can even try Amazon Redshift for free.

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