Introduction to Amazon Redshift

1m setup · 45m access · 30m completion
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Introduction to Amazon Redshift

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This lab provides a basic understanding of Amazon Redshift. It demonstrates the basic steps required to get started with Redshift including:

  • Creating a Redshift cluster
  • Loading data into a Redshift cluster
  • Performing queries against the data in cluster

Topics covered

By the end of this lab you will be able to:

  • Launch a Redshift cluster
  • Connect an SQL client to the Amazon Redshift cluster
  • Load data from an S3 bucket into the Amazon Redshift cluster
  • Run queries against data stored in Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed data warehouse that makes it simple and cost-effective to analyze all your data using standard SQL and your existing Business Intelligence (BI) tools.

Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) makes it simple and practical to collect, store, and analyze data - regardless of format - all at massive scale. S3 is object storage built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere - web sites and mobile apps, corporate applications, and data from IoT sensors.

Other AWS Services

During this lab, you may receive error messages when performing actions beyond the steps in this lab guide. These messages will not impact your ability to complete the lab. We recommend you remain within the steps provided by these lab instructions.


Familiarity with relational databases and SQL concepts would be beneficial.

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