Is Amazon Athena right for you?

Amazon Web Solutions (AWS) offers Amazon (AWS) Athena as a service.  Amazon Athena is a cost-effective interactive query service that will make your life easier and save you time and frustration.  This easy to use, server less service will allow you to quickly query your data without having to setup and manage any servers or data warehouses.  Amazon has made it as easy as, point and click.  It allows you to tap into all of your data without the need to setup complex processes to transform and load the data, so there is not ETL.  With that said, let’s explore Athena.


Amazon Athena allows you to control your cost. This program allows you to pay per query. You can save 30%-90% on your per query cost and get better performance by compressing and partitioning and converting your data into colander formats. Athena queries the data directly in Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3), so there are no additional charges beyond Amazon S3.


Amazon Athena is flexible, powerful and scalable.  Athena uses presto and works with a variety of formats. This is ideal for quick havoc querying but can handle more complex queries as well. In addition, Athena uses Amazon S3 as its underlying data storage making your data highly available and scalable.

Query Time

With Amazon Athena, you don’t have to worry about not having enough computing resources to get fast interactive query performances. It automatically executes queries in parallel, so most results come back in seconds. Depending on the type of query, it can even be faster if you store the data in a colander format. 
Now that you understand the benefits, we wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to use this service. There are only 5 basic steps when you are using Athena.

How to Use Amazon Athena

1.    Create an S3 bucket and object

2.    Create a metadata database

3.    Create a schema

4.    Run the Query

5.    Access the History

As you can see now, Amazon Athena is cost effective, flexible and easy to use.  This service will save you time and money.  The next step is to contact us!  We can setup a complimentary consultation to review your Amazon Web Service needs.