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Welcome to the Amazon Redshift Getting Started Guide. Amazon Redshift is a fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud.
In order to begin using Amazon Redshift, you will first launch an Amazon Redshift cluster. A cluster is a fully managed data warehouse that consists of set of compute nodes. You can use the Amazon Redshift Management console, API, or CLI to create and manage clusters.
By default, Amazon Redshift creates one database when you create a new cluster. You can create additional databases as needed. After your cluster has been provisioned, you can upload your dataset and then perform data analysis queries by using the SQL-based tools and business intelligence applications that you are already familiar with.
This guide walks you through the process of creating a cluster, creating database tables, uploading data, and testing queries.
If you are a first-time user of Amazon Redshift, we recommend that you begin by reading the following sections:
Service Highlights and Pricing – The product detail page provides the Amazon Redshift value proposition, service highlights and pricing.
Getting Started (this document) – This document walks you through the process of creating a cluster, creating database tables, uploading data, and testing queries.
After you complete the Getting Started guide, you can follow either one of the following guides:
Amazon Redshift Cluster Management Guide – The Management Guide shows you how to create and manage Amazon Redshift clusters.
If you are an application developer, you can use the Amazon Redshift Query API to manage clusters programmatically. Additionally, the AWS SDKs for Java, .NET and other languages provide class libraries that wrap the underlying Amazon Redshift API to simplify your programming tasks. If you prefer a more interactive way of managing clusters, you can use the Amazon Redshift console and the AWS command line interface (AWS CLI). For information about the API and CLI, go to the following manuals:
Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide – If you are a database developer, the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide explains how to design, build, query, and maintain the databases that make up your data warehouse.