AWS announces AQUA for Amazon Redshift (preview)
AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) for Amazon Redshift is available in preview. AQUA provides a new distributed and hardware accelerated cache that brings compute to the storage layer for Amazon Redshift and delivers up to 10x faster query performance than other cloud data warehouses. AQUA is a high-speed cache on top of Redshift Managed Storage that can scale out and process data in parallel across many AQUA nodes. AQUA uses AWS designed analytics processors that dramatically accelerate data compression, encryption, and data processing on queries that scan, filter, and aggregate large data sets. With this new architecture, customers can run queries quicker than ever before, allowing them to query data directly, even at scale, and giving them more up-to-date dashboards, reducing development time, and making system maintenance easier. AQUA is available with the RA3.16XL and RA3.4XL nodes at no additional charge and requires no code changes. To get started with AQUA, fill out the [form](https://pages.awscloud.com/AQUA%5FPreview.html). AQUA is available for preview in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), and US West (Oregon) regions, and will expand to additional regions in the coming months.