What is the AWS Redshift spectrum?

Amazon Redshift Spectrum is a feature within Amazon Web Services’ Redshift data warehousing service that lets a data analyst conduct fast, complex analysis on objects stored on the AWS cloud.

Redshift Spectrum breaks a user query into filtered subsets that are run concurrently. Those requests are spread across thousands of AWS-managed nodes to maintain query speed and consistent performance. Redshift Spectrum can scale to run a query across more than an exabyte of data, and once the S3 data is aggregated, it’s sent back to the local Redshift cluster for final processing.