Amazon Redshift 壓縮率的改善

Amazon Redshift 對壓縮率的改善:「Data Compression Improvements in Amazon Redshift Bring Compression Ratios Up to 4x」。

首先是引入了 Zstandard

First, we added support for the Zstandard compression algorithm, which offers a good balance between a high compression ratio and speed in build 1.0.1172. When applied to raw data in the standard TPC-DS, 3 TB benchmark, Zstandard achieves 65% reduction in disk space. Zstandard is broadly applicable.


Second, we’ve improved the automation of compression on tables created by the CREATE TABLE AS, CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE ADD COLUMN commands. Starting with Build 1.0.1161, Amazon Redshift automatically chooses a default compression for the columns created by those commands. Automated compression happens when we estimate that we can reduce disk space without degrading query performance. Our customers have seen up to 40% reduction in disk space.


Third, we’ve been optimizing our internal on-disk data structures. Our preview customers averaged a 7% reduction in disk space usage with this improvement. This feature is delivered starting with Build 1.0.1271.


Finally, we have enhanced the ANALYZE COMPRESSION command to estimate disk space reduction.

不過其他幾個產品線的使用方式更成熟 (像是 Amazon Athena 這類產品),不知道會不會讓 Amazon Redshift 慢慢退出第一線...

Amazon Redshift 支援 Zstandard

Amazon Redshift 支援 Zstandard 壓縮資料:「Amazon Redshift now supports the Zstandard high data compression encoding and two new aggregate functions」。

Zstandard 是 Facebook 的人發展出來的壓縮與解壓縮方式,對比的對象主要是 zlib (或者說 gzip),官網上有不少比較圖。目標是希望在同樣的壓縮處理速度下,可以得到更好的壓縮率。

Redshift 支援 Zstandard 等於是讓現有使用 gzip 的使用者免費升級的感覺...

Amazon Athena:直接在 S3 上進行分析

Amazon Athena 提供另外一種選擇,讓分析的便利性增加了許多:「Amazon Athena – Interactive SQL Queries for Data in Amazon S3」。

以往都需要開 server 起來分析,這個新的服務直接使用就好:

Athena is based on the Presto distributed SQL engine and can query data in many different formats including JSON, CSV, log files, text with custom delimiters, Apache Parquet, and Apache ORC.

果然是用 Presto 改出來的... XDDD

指定好各種資料來源之後直接下 SQL query 分析,然後依照分析的量來算錢... 而 FAQ 的地方也有提到可以透過 JDBC 接上去,這樣看起來跑報表的場合直接丟給他處理了:

Amazon Athena can be accessed via the AWS management console and a JDBC driver. You can programmatically run queries, add tables or partitions using the JDBC driver.

隔壁 Amazon Redshift 的立場變得很尷尬啊,Amazon Athena 不需要養機器而且又可以直接從 Amazon S3 拉資料,如果之後把 Presto 對 RDBMS 的部分再補上來的話就更棒了... (應該是下一階段的任務,把 RDS 補上)