Amazon's data warehouse, high storage instances come to Europe

The availability of Redshift makes it easier to roll out a data warehouse, according to Amazon

Amazon Web Services has made data warehouse service Redshift available from its European data center, allowing information that for regulatory reasons has to be stored locally to be moved to the service.

Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that can be used to analyze data using existing business intelligence tools, according to Amazon.

It was first made generally available from the US East (North Virginia) data center earlier this year. In addition to that the service has now become available from the EU West region, which is hosted in Ireland. Redshift is also available from the US West (Oregon) region and Amazon is planning to add more regions soon, it said.

Just like with its other cloud-based offerings, Amazon hopes to attract enterprises to Redshift with improved speed and cost compared to traditional software.

"The cool thing is that this gives you one of the fastest data warehouses out there and you can use it for an hour, or two hours, or just on a Friday afternoon. That is a completely different model from the exploding costs that many of our customers have seen when building data warehouses themselves," said Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon, at his AWS Summit keynote in London Tuesday.

Traditional data warehouse solutions are really expensive and complicated to manage, according to Amazon. Redshift, on the other hand, is about a tenth of the cost. At the same time IT staff doesn't have to bother with "all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse," Amazon said.

The European availability of Redshift means that data that for regulatory reasons needs to be stored in Europe can be fed into the service. However, users should not expect any performance improvements, according to Amazon.

With the AWS Management Console or the Amazon Redshift APIs, users can provision a single 2TB data warehouse or as a cluster of up to 16 2TB nodes or 16TB nodes, by default.

The nodes are called High Storage Extra Large (XL) and Storage Eight Extra Large (8XL). In addition to 2TB or 16TB of storage, they also have 15GB or 120GB of RAM.

On-demand pricing starts at US$0.85 per hour for an XL node and $6.80 per hour for the 8XL node. Reserved instance pricing lowers the effective price to $0.228 per hour or under $1,000 per terabyte per year, according to Amazon.

During his keynote Vogels also announced that Amazon's EC2 high-storage instances are also available in from the company's European data center. This instance type or virtual server is ideal for enterprises whose applications "require high sequential read and write performance over very large data sets," according to Amazon.

The Eight Extra Large instance comes with 117GB of RAM and 48TB of storage across 24 hard disk drives, delivering over 2.4 Gigabytes per second of sequential I/O performance. From the EU region and on-demand it costs $4.90 per hour when running Linux.

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