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Amazon Redshift – Datawarehouse in the Clouds

February 16th, 2013 Comments off

Amazon announced Redshift this week. Actually, they announced the general availability. They announced that it was coming late last year.

Redshift is the new service that leverages the amazon AWS infrastructure so that you can deploy a data warehouse. I’m not yet convinced that I would want my production data warehouse on AWS, but I can really see the use in a dev and test environment, especially for integration testing.

According to Amazon: Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. It is optimized for datasets ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and costs less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, a tenth the cost of most traditional data warehousing solutions.

A terabyte warehouse for less than $1,000 per year. That is fantastic. For one financial services firm were I created a 16TB warehouse, the price for hardware and database licensing was several million dollars. That was just startup costs. Renewing licenses per year ran into the 10s of thousands of dollars.

Redshift offers optimized query and IO performance for large workloads. They provide columnar storage, compression and parallelization to allow the service to scale to petabytes sizes.

I think one of the interesting specs is that it can use the standards Postgres drivers. I don’t see anywhere, yet, where they say specifically that this was built on Postgres, but I am inferring that.

Pricing starts at $0.85 per hour but with reserved pricing, you can get that down to $0.228 per hour. That brings it down to sub-$1000 per year. You just can’t compete with this on price in your own data center.

IF you want to scale to petabyte, you need to have petabyte in place. In your data center, that is going to cost you a fortune. Once again, AWS takes the first http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/celebrex/ step into moving an entire architecture into the cloud. Is anyone else offering anything close to this?  I guess Oracle’s cloud offering is the closest, but, as far as I know, they are not promoting warehouse size instances yet.

Did I say it’s scalable?

Scalable – With a few clicks of the AWS Management Console or a simple API call, you can easily scale the number of nodes in your data warehouse up or down as your performance or capacity needs change. Amazon Redshift enables you to start with as little as a single 2TB XL node and scale up all the way to a hundred 16TB 8XL nodes for 1.6PB of compressed user data. Amazon Redshift will place your existing cluster into read-only mode, provision a new cluster of your chosen size, and then copy data from your old cluster to your new one in parallel. You can continue running queries against your old cluster while the new one is being provisioned. Once your data has been copied to your new cluster, Amazon Redshift will automatically redirect queries to your new cluster and remove the old cluster.

Redshift is SQL bases so you can access it with your normal tools. It is fully managed so backups and other admin concerns are automatic and automated. I’m not sure what tools you can use to design your database schemas. Since the database supports columnar data stores, I’m not sure what tools will build the tables. Your data is replicated around multiple nodes so your tool would need to be aware of that also.

You can also use Amazon RDS, map reduce or DymanoDB to source data. You can also pull data directly from S3. All in all, I’m pretty excited to see this offering. I hope I get a client who wants to take a shot at this. I like working on AWS anyway but I would love to work on a Redshift gig.

 

 

 

MS Live Mesh – Remote Desktop Meets the Cloud

December 10th, 2008 Comments off

You might not think of remote desktop as a cloud tool but MS has added cloud storage to remote desktop and called it Live Mesh. I have been using it recently and it is pretty nice. I use VNC fairly extensively and, when I’m not using VNC, I tend to use SSH. Well, I heard about this Live Mesh thing and decided to download it and give it a try. It is currently a beta product but I haven’t had any issues.

My first thought on using it was that it was a clone of gotomypc. I’m not a user of gotomypc so I can’t say for sure but it looks that way. The big difference is that gotomypc doesn’t have a free version or online storage. I think the integration, storage and synchronization services are what make Mesh a unique tool.

Being an MS product, you might expect there is no Linux support. You would be right. There is MAC OS/X support though and Windows Mobile is on the way. I would be a lot more excited if they planned to support blackberry. But, it is still a great way to stay in touch with my desktop, laptop, work computer and the non-linux database servers in my lab.

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AT&T Plays in the Cloud

December 6th, 2008 Comments off

I have said quite a few times that Cloud Computing is more like a phone company than it is like electricity. A phone company can offer various services and will change from provider to provider. Electricity needs to be the same for everyone (at least within a region).

Today, AT&T announced the move to the cloud: AT&T Launches Global Utility Computing Service. According to this article from GridToday, AT&T announced it’s new AT&T Synaptic Hosting, a managed network, security and storage business for businesses. They are build 5 “super data centers” to have a total of 38 data centers, world-wide.

A core feature of AT&T Synaptic Hosting is its next-generation utility computing platform. This enables the service to deliver a complete hosting solution with features that use the AT&T network to manage applications, compute resources on servers and store data. AT&T Synaptic Hosting also provides designated account support all backed by a single end-to-end, service-level agreement that is unique within the industry.

This looks like the beginning of something. Maybe telephony will morph to VOIP and the big bells will, with their tremendous computing power and dedicated networking, become the home of the cloud. Just because Amazon and Google started it, doesn’t mean they will do it best or last the longest. This is the kind of thing the major communications companies need.

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of AT&T’s commitment to deliver next-generation services and solutions to companies worldwide,” said Ron Spears, group president, AT&T Global Business Services. “The AT&T global network, combined with our powerful computing http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/viagra/ platform, is driving the convergence of networking and hosting services in ways that are allowing companies to deliver end-user applications whenever and wherever they are needed – while paying only for the capacity actually used.

The official Web site of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is powered by AT&T Synaptic Hosting. Teamusa.org is the USOC’s new feature-rich Web site that connects fans of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams with America’s athletes on their journey to the Olympic Games. The site features stories on U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, athlete blogs and social networking tools.

And they wouldn’t be the phone company if they didn’t offer a menu of options and add-ons.

In addition to utility computing features, AT&T Synaptic Hosting offers the following:

  • A broad selection of dynamic storage and security features that enterprises have come to rely on to protect their data and assets.
  • The ability to use AT&T’s BusinessDirect customer portal to easily manage capacity, complete maintenance and monitor network service and performance of their virtual IT environment.
  • Personalized support from teams of designated hosting and application specialists who are experienced in the business and technical needs of the clients.
  • Application monitoring and reporting capabilities that work with most client software available in the industry today.
  • One end-to-end service level agreement that covers the customer’s entire environment.

You can bet there will be more to come from AT&T.

LewisC

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