Amazon Redshift and the art of performance optimization in the cloud

Very interesting blog post by the CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels. In it, he discusses how the Redshift team uses fleet telemetry to improve performance. Apparently there has been a 3.5x gain in query throughput over the past 6 months due to small incremental improvements derived from this approach. Pretty great.

I still feel like Redshift has the wrong architecture for the cloud, and that Snowflake and BigQuery will continue to win ground with time. But this post shows that there is quite a lot of forward momentum for Redshift. If you're a current user, this is very worthwhile.


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