Amazon Redshift vs RDS: What’s the Difference?

Amazon Redshift vs RDS: What's the Difference?


With the cost of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers going down, many businesses are now shifting to cloud computing. One of the most popular cloud computing service providers is Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides many businesses with tools like database storage, content delivery, computing power and other functionality that are crucial to scale and grow your business.

We have years of experience with our OEM/White Label partners who use AWS as their cloud services platform and a common question we get is “Does Yurbi report on RDS and/or Redshift?” You will be happy to know that the answer is yes.

To help you decide the AWS database that you need, we are here to help you in explaining the difference between Amazon Redshift vs RDS.

What is Amazon Redshift?

Amazon Redshift is a petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. Amazon Redshift makes it extremely easy to set up, operate and scale a data warehouse. For an easy understanding, let us have a look at different aspects of Amazon Redshift.

1. Cluster Management

An Amazon Redshift cluster is a set of nodes. It comprises a leader node and one or multiple computer nodes. The number and the type of computer nodes that you need will depend on the size of the data that you are dealing with, the number of queries that you need to execute and the performance of query execution that you are looking forward to. The cluster management of Amazon Redshift allows you to create and manage clusters, reserve computer nodes and create cluster snapshots.

2. Cluster Access and Security

With Amazon Redshift, you have to power to control the person who can access to your cluster. Furthermore, you get to define the connectivity rules and encrypt all the connects and data for the security. For providing a layer of protection, by default, an Amazon Redshift is accessible only to the AWS account which has been used to create the cluster. You can use different security groups to provide access to the cluster and to keep it safer; you can additionally encrypt all the clusters.

3. Monitoring Clusters

To track any information of your interest, you can use the database audit logging which helps you in generating activity logs, configuring events notify subscriptions.

4. Databases

One database is automatically created by Amazon Redshift when you provision a cluster. By default, you can use this database for loading data and running queries on your data. Later, as per your requirement, you can add an additional database.

To get new insights for your customers and business, Amazon Redshift is the perfect tool to have.

You can use Amazon Redshift for data warehousing, significant corporate data processing, managing analytical databases for businesses and monitoring customer activity for statistics and analysis.

Now that you know about Amazon Redshift let us now focus on Amazon RDS.

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What is Amazon RDS?

Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) is a web service through which you can easily set up, operate and scale a relational database in the cloud. If you want to manage any common database administration tasks in a cost-efficient manner, Amazon RDS is an option for you. The benefits of having Amazon RDS are listed below.

1. Easy administration

Shifting from project conception to deployment is easy with Amazon RDS. With it, you can eliminate the need for any infrastructure provisioning and the installation of any database software.

2. Highly Scalable

With just only a few clicks, you can use Amazon RDS for scaling the compute database and storage resources.

3. Fast

You can manage the demands of database applications using Amazon RDS at a fast pace. You are provided with two SSD-backed storage options to meet your requirements.

4. Secure

You can easily control the network access to your database using Amazon RDS. In fact, you even get the option of isolating the database instances.

5. Inexpensive

You can benefit the services of Amazon RDS at a meager price. You can be sure of the fact that you would be paying only for the resources that you would be consuming. Nothing more and nothing less.

The best part of Amazon RDS is that it is available on several database engines like PostgreSQL, Amazon Aurora, MariaDB, MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle Database. You can use Amazon Amazon RDS if you already have a database that needs to be offsite, you need a fast, scalable and durable application on the database and when there is an unrationed workflow which demands highly scalable database.

Now that you know both about Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS let us draw a quick comparison between both.

Amazon Redshift vs RDS

You can use Amazon RDS for an operation on Primary data by using running software like SQL, Aurora, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and Maria DB. And Amazon Redshift is an analytic database of Amazon with ParAccel technology, you can use it for crunching big data queries and heavy lifting.

The database engine of Amazon RDS includes MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle Database MariaDB, Amazon Aurora, and PostgreSQL while Amazon Redshift uses Redshift adapted PostgreSQL as the database engine. Computing resources of Amazon RDS include 64vCPU and 244GB RAM and Amazon Redshift includes nodes with vCPU and 244 GN RAM. The data storage facilities for Amazon RDS include 6 TB instance and it is 16 TB per Amazon Redshift.

You can use Amazon RDS for conventional database and if you are looking forward to data warehousing, you can use Amazon Redshift.

Developers often choose Amazon Redshift because it is scalable and supports encryption, isolation and fast columnar storage. It is cheap and reliable and is considered to give the best cloud DW performance.

On the other hand, developers use Amazon RDS because of its compatibility with the various database engines, better performance, easy read scalability, fast speed, and low latency read replica.

How Yurbi Helps In Your AWS Environment

Yurbi helps you in converting raw data into information which is then shared securely with the people who need it. This can be for internal teams who need real-time reports and dashboards or for end users in a multi-tenant environment.

Yurbi would install on a Windows Server on your AWS private network. Yurbi makes a direct connection to your AWS database, Redshift or RDS, so there is no need to worry about copying or synching data across the cloud to a 3rd party BI vendor.

Once installed, Yurbi is able to natively connect to any underlying database type provided by Redshift of RDS (you don’t have to install the AWS drivers). You simply provide a read-only database user id and password, along with your connection string and port. You are able to select the database type and via the database platform, Yurbi knows what SQL functions are available.

Yurbi AWS Redshift Connection


With Yurbi you can quickly embed interactive dashboards and reports within any web application and also brand and provide ad-hoc report creation to users without requiring them to know coding or SQL. Partnering with us tends to be more cost effective and faster than building your own reporting solution.

Using Yurbi, you can easily manage your work on Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS. If you are working with any AWS database, we are here to help you. If you want to work with us, feel free to contact and tell us above the requirements of your embedded dashboards or reports.

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