Amazon Redshift – interesting new Big Data Warehouse As A Service offering

March 31, 2013 Comments Off on Amazon Redshift – interesting new Big Data Warehouse As A Service offering

A while back, I co-authored a White paper about the various storage options offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). In that paper, I described each of the key AWS data management products (e.g. Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Storage (EBS), SimpleDB, and so on). I also provided some use cases showing how all of these services can work together.

Amazon continually upgrades and improves its offerings, and they’ve recently announced beta availability for Redshift – a cloud-based service that lets you use the AWS infrastructure to run analytics and business intelligence applications on terabytes – or even petabytes – of information that you upload to Amazon.

In future posts, I’ll be writing more about how these types of hosted solutions have the potential to level the playing field and transform the way Big Data analytics are handled by organizations of all sizes. For now, I encourage you to consider cloud-based products for even the largest business intelligence applications.

Learn about key-value pairs in Amazon’s SimpleDB

March 4, 2012 Comments Off on Learn about key-value pairs in Amazon’s SimpleDB

Key-value pairs represent a fundamental Big Data concept. But if you’ve only worked with relational databases or other storage technologies, you may find key-value pairs to be a bit confusing. Fortunately, here’s a helpful tutorial that succinctly explains key-value pairs as well as shows you how to use them within the Amazon’s SimpleDB.

The tutorial provides an example of the full lifecycle for key-value pairs:

Instead of requiring you to install a development environment and write code, the tutorial provides a simple GUI that gives you everything you need:

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