AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) has made several announcements as part of the Amazon re:Invent 2015 event taking place in Las Vegas. The company now accounts for 29 percent of the cloud infrastructure market.
Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business intelligence service that will build visualisations, perform ad hoc analysis and pull business insights. It's designed to be suitable for anyone, regardless of skills.
QuickSight incorporates a new in-memory calculation engine called Spice which Amazon hopes will "make queries run lighting fast on large datasets".
"In a world increasingly dominated by connected devices and mobile users, and where corporate data is moving to the cloud, our customers continue to collect and store massive amounts of their data across a wide range of AWS’ data services,” said Raju Gulabani, vice president of database services at AWS.
"These customers have been asking AWS for an analytics solution that can enable every one of their users to gain insights and make rapid decisions using this data.
"And, after several years of development, we’re excited to bring Amazon QuickSight to our customers, a fast and easy-to-use business intelligence service that addresses these needs at an affordable price.
"At the heart of Amazon QuickSight is the brand new Spice in-memory calculation engine, which uses the power of the AWS Cloud to make queries run lightning fast on large datasets. We’re looking forward to our customers and partners being able to Spice up their analytics."
Ho and indeed ho. We'd make Spice jokes too, but we don't know if we cayenne.
AWS Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport that can safely transfer 50TB per appliance in and out of AWS, while Amazon Kinesis Firehouse is a fully managed service for loading streaming data into AWS. This one is already up and running for Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift users.
The Accenture AWS Business Group is a new alliance which brings together professionals from both companies to offer a consulting service as well as tech solutions. It is built around encouraging the 'as-a-service' model.
AWS Database Migration Service and Amazon RDS for MariaDB are designed to help users move systems to AWS more easily. Amazon's relationship with MariaDB is growing fast as it becomes an alternative to traditional SQL databases.
AWS has also confirmed that MariaDB Community is to be deployed as part of Amazon's Relational Database Services offering. It will automatically secure up to 6TB of data, and the Amazon VPC will allow users to isolate and control network configuration and securely connect to the IT infrastructure.
This is the latest in what has been a very busy time for AWS. The company deployed its machine learning platform to European customers this summer, and just yesterday Rackspace announced Fanatical Support for AWS. µ
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