I just finished up and got my Amazon Echo skill for Atlas Insights certified. If you’re like me, when you are wondering around your home is when you think about a metric you wish you knew right now and you don’t want to have to take the time to find your phone or start your computer. Just ask Alexa! You can use your Amazon Echo to ask for any important economic metric you would like to know about. Try it.
The new Snowball appliance is purpose-built for efficient data storage and transfer. It is rugged enough to withstand a 6 G jolt, and (at 50 lbs) light enough for one person to carry. It is entirely self-contained, with 110 Volt power and a 10 GB network connection on the back and an E Ink display/control panel on the front. It is weather-resistant and serves as its own shipping container; it can go from your mail room to your data center and back again with no packing or unpacking hassle to slow things down. In addition to being physically rugged and tamper-resistant, AWS Snowball detects tampering attempts.
Well, if you got a lot of data on Amazon’s AWS, you have ANOTHER option for Business Intelligence reporting. Introducing Amazon QuickSight. I wonder… Do we have to many business intelligence solution now?!
Amazon QuickSight is a very fast, cloud-powered business intelligence (BI) service that makes it easy for all employees to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data. Amazon QuickSight uses a new, Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine (“SPICE”) to perform advanced calculations and render visualizations rapidly. Amazon QuickSight integrates automatically with AWS data services, enables organizations to scale to hundreds of thousands of users, and delivers fast and responsive query performance to them via SPICE’s query engine. At one-tenth the cost of traditional solutions, Amazon QuickSight enables you to deliver rich BI functionality to everyone in your organization.
Easily connect Amazon QuickSight to AWS data services, including Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon EMR, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, and Amazon Kinesis; upload CSV, TSV and spreadsheet files; or connect to third-party data sources such as Salesforce.
The interface looks pretty good. Clean and modern. Amazon is very good at making big data very fast via the browser.
Amazon is one of the best at scaling so it will be interesting to see benchmarks on the performance of their offerings.