AWS launches AQUA for Amazon Redshift to bring compute to the storage layer - Help Net Security

AWS launches AQUA for Amazon Redshift to bring compute to the storage layer - Help Net Security

Amazon Web Services 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.

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, ..