Forrester Wave™: Cloud Data Warehouse (2018)

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With more than 6,500 deployments, Amazon Redshift has the largest CDW deployments, and its momentum remains strong. Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scaled data warehouse that supports various analytical workloads. It’s part of AWS Analytics Services, which includes Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon CloudSearch, Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon QuickSight, AWS Glue, and AWS Data Pipeline. In addition, Redshift integrates with S3 and offers the Database Migration Service (DMS) to minimize the time and effort needed to migrate to Redshift.

Customer references like AWS’s elastic scale, administration, serverless architecture, security and compliance, and high availability and disaster recovery capabilities, but some reported that it lags in query concurrency and data integration capabilities. AWS’s road map includes further improvements in automation, performance, and scale as well as support for more business use cases.

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