Step 3: Create a sample Amazon Redshift cluster - Amazon Redshift

Step 3: Create a sample Amazon Redshift cluster

Now that you have the prerequisites completed, you can launch your Amazon Redshift cluster.

The cluster that you are about to create is live (and not running in a sandbox). You incur the standard Amazon Redshift usage fees for the cluster until you delete it. If you complete the tutorial described here in one sitting and delete the cluster when you are finished, the total charges are minimal.

To create an Amazon Redshift cluster

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon Redshift console at


    If you use IAM user credentials, ensure that you have the necessary permissions to perform the cluster operations. For more information, see Controlling access to IAM users in the Amazon Redshift Cluster Management Guide.

  2. At upper right, choose the AWS Region in which you want to create the cluster.

  3. On the navigation menu, choose CLUSTERS, then choose Create cluster. The Create cluster page appears.

  4. In the Cluster configuration section, specify values for Cluster identifier, Node type, and Nodes:

    • Cluster identifier: Enter examplecluster for this tutorial. This identifier must be unique. The identifier must be from 1–63 characters using as valid characters a–z (lowercase only) and - (hyphen).

    • Choose one of the following methods to size your cluster:


      The following step describes an Amazon Redshift console that is running in an AWS Region that supports RA3 node types. For a list of AWS Regions that support RA3 node types, see Overview of RA3 node types in the Amazon Redshift Cluster Management Guide.

      • If your AWS Region supports RA3 node types, choose either Production or Free trial to answer the question What are you planning to use this cluster for?

        If your organization is eligible, you might be able to create a cluster under the Amazon Redshift free trial program. To do this, choose Free trial to create a configuration with the dc2.large node type. For more information about choosing a free trial, see Amazon Redshift free trial.

      • If you don't know how large to size your cluster, choose Help me choose. Doing this starts a sizing calculator that asks you questions about the size and query characteristics of the data that you plan to store in your data warehouse.

        If you know the required size of your cluster (that is, the node type and number of nodes), choose I'll choose. Then choose the Node type and number of Nodes to size your cluster for the proof of concept.

    • Choose Node type: dc2.large with Nodes: 2 for this tutorial.

  5. In the Database configurations section, specify values for Database name (optional), Database port (optional), Master user name, and Master user password.

    This tutorial uses these values:

    • Database name (optional): Enter dev.

    • Database port (optional): Enter 5439.

    • Master user name: Enter awsuser.

    • Master user password: Enter a value for the password.

  6. (Optional) In the Cluster permissions section, for Available IAM roles choose the IAM role that you previously created, myRedshiftRole. Then choose Associate IAM role.

  7. (Optional) In the Additional configurations section, turn off Use defaults to modify Network and security, Database configurations, Maintenance, Monitoring, and Backup settings.

  8. Choose Create cluster.