Amazon QuickSight is a very fast, easy-to-use, cloud-powered Business Intelligence (BI) service for all your Big Data & Analytics needs. The Amazon Web services claim that all this can be done at marginal cost (1/10th to be precise) of what you spend on your on-premise solutions. The AWS QuickSight product will be able to handle many types of data-intensive workloads including ad targeting, inventory & shipment tracking, customer segmentation, forecasting & planning, marketing & sales analytics, IoT device stream management, and clickstream analysis. AWS QuickSight uses a new, Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine(“SPICE”) to perform advanced calculations and render visualizations rapidly.
Amazon QuickSight is built on top of “SPICE” – a Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine. SPICE uses a combination of columnar storage, machine code generation, in-memory technologies enabled through the latest hardware innovations, and data compression to allow users to run interactive queries on large datasets. The engine supports rich calculations to help users derive insights which are valuable and from the analytics reports generated users don’t need to worry about provisioning or managing infrastructure. The SPICE engine automatically replicates data for high availability thus enabling QuickSight to scale to thousands of users who can all simultaneously perform fast interactive analysis.
QuickSight can access data from many different sources, both on-premises and in the cloud. There’s built-in support for RDS, Amazon Aurora (Superior Cloud Database), Redshift, EMR(Benefits to Testify the Importance of Amazon EMR), DynamoDB, Kinesis, S3, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and flat files.
The AWS QuickSight provides a range of visualization so that you can customize your reports and insights as you are comfortable. Some of the different analytics approaches are: Comparison and Distribution which includes Bar Charts, Histograms, Box Plots; Changes over time: Line graphs, Area charts; Correlation which includes Scatter plots, Heat Maps; Aggregation which includes Pie graphs, Treemaps; and Tabular which includes Pivot tables.
The AWS QuickSight is built on SPICE, which is the most advanced In-memory Calculation Engine, thus you can expect the data to be calculated at lightning speed.
QuickSight provides fast analytics and visualization while scaling to handle to hundreds of thousands of users and terabytes of data per organization. All things considered, QuickSight will provide you with robust Business Intelligence at 1/10th the cost of on-premises solutions from traditional BI solutions.
QuickSight has this feature of auto-discovering your AWS data sources which makes it easy for you to connect with them. The Dashboard is so intuitive and is extremely easy to understand, it also recommends the most appropriate types of graphs according to the inputs given. You can share your visualizations with colleagues and create a storyboard around your Data.
Amazon QuickSight provides AWS BI partners a simple SQL-like interface to query the data stored in SPICE so that you can continue to use your existing BI tools from AWS Partners while benefitting from the faster performance delivered by SPICE.
The AWS has provided two pricing models for AWS QuickSight: Standard and Enterprise. The Standard edition helps to connect all the supported data sources, prepare the data, build visualizations, speed up the queries using SPICE and change chart types. Each subscription for the Standard edition will get 10 GB of SPICE capacity. The basic prices start from $9 per user per month with a one-year usage commitment.
The Enterprise edition is a lot more feature intensive as compared to the standard model. Apart from the features mentioned in Standard edition, it also has features like twice the throughput and fine-grained access control, supports encryption at rest, enables Audit Logs with AWS CloudTrail and many more. Each subscription for the Enterprise edition also includes the 10 GB SPICE capacity. The basic price for this edition starts at $18 per user per month with a one-year usage commitment.
The AWS QuickSight has got a lot of features for Business Intelligence focused companies. With such a ton of features, it becomes imperative that companies will shift their focus towards this amazing product. The AWS QuickSight is also compatible with mobile devices whether it be iOS or Android. You can either run this by downloading the specific application or you can run this on browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer etc.