Here’s the difference between Redshift and Alation. The comparison is based on pricing, deployment, business model, and other important factors.
Amazon Redshift is a fully managed petabyte scale data warehouse service. Redshift is designed for analytic workloads and connects to standard SQL based clients and business intelligence tools. Redshift delivers fast query and I/O performance for virtually any size dataset by using columnar storage technology and parallelizing and distributing queries across multiple nodes. Most common administrative tasks associated with provisioning, configuring, monitoring, backing up, and securing a data warehouse are automated.
Alation provides a data cataloging platform. It automatically builds a catalog of useful data documentation, covering all of the data sources, and allows users to collaborate and work on the data. It processes enterprise unstructured data by centralizing knowledge into a single place using machine learning and human analysts. The search can be made using keywords in plain English. Enables users to access relevant information (including experts, lineage, keys and indexes, relevant queries) and documentation on all tables, across the organization’s data sources. The clients include PepsiCo, Dow, Fox Networks, BMW and others.