Amazon Web Services launched Amazon QuickSight at the AWS re:Invent event.
The new offering is a cloud-powered business intelligence service that makes it easy for all employees to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data.
Amazon said the new service has used a Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine (“SPICE”) to perform advanced calculations and render visualizations rapidly.
“Customers have been asking AWS for an analytics solution that can enable every one of their users to gain insights and make rapid decisions using this data,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President of Database Services at Amazon Web Services.
Amazon QuickSight integrates automatically with AWS data services, enabling organizations to scale to hundreds of thousands of users, and delivers responsive query performance to them via SPICE’s query engine. Pricing for Amazon QuickSight starts at $9.00 per user, per month.
Amazon QuickSight provides a simple SQL-like interface to query the data stored in SPICE so that customers can continue using their existing BI tools from AWS partners like Domo, Qlik, Tableau, and TIBCO while benefiting from SPICE.
Separately, AWS announced two new capabilities – AWS Snowball and Amazon Kinesis Firehose – to help customers quickly transfer data of all types and sizes to the AWS Cloud.
AWS Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport appliance that can securely transfer 50 TB per appliance of data into and out of AWS. Amazon Kinesis Firehose is a fully managed service for loading streaming data into AWs.
In September, Amazon Web Services said it is set to acquire Elemental Technologies, a provider of software-defined video solutions for multi-screen content delivery.