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Step 2: Creating a Redshift Cluster


In this section, you’ll create cluster login credentials and complete the initial setup.

Entering the Cluster Details

Let's get started. Make sure you're on the Redshift Dashboard page before you begin:

What's this about ports?
Ports are user-defined openings in firewalls that allow in and outbound traffic. Amazon Redshift uses port 5439 by default, which will work for most users.

On the Redshift Dashboard, click the Launch Cluster button.

The Cluster Details page will display. In this first step, you'll name the cluster and initial database, set the port, create the login credentials for the cluster's master user. 

Here's a look at how we entered our cluster details:

Entering the Redshift cluster details.
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Note that because these credentials are being used to create the cluster, this user will be the master user for the cluster. For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll be using these login credentials to connect Stitch to Redshift.

If you want to be more selective with your permissions, you can follow the directions in step 6 of this tutorial to create a Redshift user for Stitch after you finish setting up the cluster.

Click Continue when finished to move onto selecting the nodes and cluster types.

Selecting Nodes & Cluster Types

On the Node Configuration page, you’ll select the node and cluster type.

A node is a single computer that participates in a cluster. Your Redshift cluster can have one to many nodes; the more nodes, the more data it can store and the faster it can process queries. Amazon currently offers four different types of nodes, each of which has its own CPU, RAM, storage capacity, and storage drive type. In addition, each node also has its own pricing plan.

The type and number of node(s) you choose when creating your cluster is dependent on your needs and dataset. We do, however, recommend you set up a multi-node configuration to provide data redundancy. For some guidance on choosing the number of nodes, click here to read the ‘Determining the Number of Nodes’ section of the Amazon Redshift guide.

Defining the Redshift node configuration.
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Click Continue to finish selecting and defining the nodes. The Additional Configuration page will display, which is what we'll cover in the next step.

What do I do now?

In the next section, we'll walk you through defining the networking and security settings for your cluster.

Next: Configure the Cluster

Previous: Redshift Prerequisites

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