Amazon Redshift Consumer Cluster Validation

Lab 6

Now, let’s validate consumer cluster access to the producer cluster datashare and objects. And then run queries from the consumer cluster against objects stored in producer cluster.

Connect to the consumer cluster in us-west-1 to perform below steps:

Step-1: Validate datashare is accessible

  1. Run below query to find the datashare type
SELECT * FROM svv_datashares;


You can see MarketingShare is an INBOUND type data share type.

  1. Run below query to list objects and type
SELECT * FROM svv_datashare_objects;


You can see a list of objects and types (schema, table etc.) shared, and all of them are as INBOUND share type.

Step-2: Create database using datashare

To consume the shared data, each consumer cluster administrator creates an Amazon Redshift database from the datashare:

  1. Go to the producer cluster in us-east-1 and note down cluster namespace from the Amazon Redshift cluster details page:

Cluster namespace

  1. Go to consumer cluster and create a database using the datashare and producer cluster namespace (noted from previous step):
CREATE DATABASE consumer_marketing FROM DATASHARE MarketingShare of NAMESPACE 'replace_with_your_producer_cluster_namespace';

Step-3: Validate access to database and objects

Users and groups can list the shared objects as part of the standard metadata queries by viewing the following metadata system views and can start querying data immediately:

  1. Run below query to list all databases in consumer cluster:


You can see the database type is “shared” for the “consumer_marketing” database.

  1. Run below query to find details of the datashare
SELECT * FROM SVV_REDSHIFT_SCHEMAS WHERE database_name = 'consumer_marketing';


You can see the schema type is “shared” for the schemas shared via the “consumer_marketing” database.

  1. Run below query to list all objects of the datashare
SELECT * FROM SVV_REDSHIFT_TABLES WHERE database_name = 'consumer_marketing';


Step-4: Run queries

You can now run queries on the data in producer cluster, without having data stored locally on the consumer cluster. You can also run queries by joining tables from your local database, and tables shared from the producer cluster.

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM consumer_marketing.public.lab_event;

Query LabEvent

The above query fetches the total events from the lab_event table stored in the producer cluster in us-east-1 via the datashare created earlier. The table is not stored locally on the consumer cluster in us-west-1, so it reduced the data storage by half. You can also join consumer cluster locally stored tables with producer cluster shared tables in SQL queries.

This is in line with our Sustainability improvement goal for optimizing data patterns by removing unneeded or redundant data, and minimizing data movement across networks.

One key consideration is to note here is that, during the query execution, it did transfer the query processed result dataset over network, but limited to the result set (whereas the previous deployment transfers 10% of the total dataset every night part of the refresh cycle). Depending on the use case, trade-off analysis should be performed comparing daily refresh data transfer versus all queries execution data transfer over network.

We have now validated that the consumer cluster can access the data shared by the producer cluster, and ran queries against the producer database. Next, we will revisit metrics and KPIs to measure the sustainability optimization achieved by implementing the Amazon Redshift Data Sharing feature.