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Getting Started with Amazon Redshift by Stefan Bauer

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Compression

We have been getting progressively more technical as we have been going along, and this section will be no exception. Actually, this part of the book may get a little more technical than what you might think when you hear the term "Getting Started". There is extensive documentation available from Amazon (the links to which are listed in the Appendix, Reference Materials), so I will try to keep this at a higher level. If there is a single topic that you should spend time understanding, this may be one of the most important. You will realize that much of the significant gains in performance using the Redshift column store methodology comes directly from the compression of your data in the large 1 MB blocks. The only thing here is that ...

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