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AWS Claims First-Ever Pay-Per-Session BI Pricing for QuickSight

Claiming an industry first in the business analytics service space, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) announced a pay-per-session pricing model for its QuickSight service.

A fully managed cloud business intelligence (BI) system, Amazon QuickSight provides visualization, ad-hoc analysis and other business insight functionality. The company claims it provides BI capabilities at one-tenth the cost of traditional solutions.

As of last week, that costs can be paid for individual sessions.

"With pay-per-session pricing, you can enable everyone in the organization with interactive, data-driven dashboards and pay only when users access these dashboards," the company said in a Thursday (May 31) blog post.

The new pricing model is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions, starting at $0.30 per session.

The company also announced the general availability of Private VPC Connectivity, letting users securely connect QuickSight to data sources within Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) as well as on-premises implementations, without the need to deploy any agent or gateway, and avoiding moving data over the public Internet.

Other new features announced include:

  • Enablement of enhanced interactivity in dashboards via parameters with on-screen controls, set using on-screen dropdown, text box, numeric slider or date picker controls.
  • URL actions to connect QuickSight dashboards to third-party applications or internal Web sites.
  • Enhanced data management and administration capabilities, such as: increased SPICE (QuickSight's in-memory optimized calculation engine) data set limits of 25GB; hourly refresh for SPICE data; co-owner permissions for dashboards; an option to share dashboards with all users; and a one-click account upgrade option from Amazon QuickSight Standard Edition to Enterprise Edition.
  • QuickSight is also now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.

"QuickSight makes business analytics available to organizations of all shapes and sizes, with the ability to access data that is stored in your Amazon Redshift data warehouse, your Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) relational databases, flat files in S3, and (via connectors) data stored in on-premises MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server databases," AWS said in a post. "QuickSight scales to accommodate tens, hundreds, or thousands of users per organization."

QuickSight is available as a free 60-day trial, and more information on the service can be viewed in a June 20 Webinar.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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