So you want to move data to Amazon Redshift? You're not the only one. Every day, thousands of organizations worldwide migrate data to Redshift, which Amazon claims is the world's fastest cloud data warehouseThese organizations have one mission: To move data to Redshift so they can generate business intelligence (BI) from the latest metrics. Amazon's data warehouse makes it easy to produce metrics that power data-driven organizations like yours. Once data exists in Redshift, you can run it through BI tools for better sales, marketing, customer service, and field service insights. First, though, you need to move data to Redshift. Various tools migrate data from its source location to this warehouse via Extract, Transform, Load (ETL), which requires no coding input from users. But which of these tools provides the best features and value for money? Here are the best ETL tools.

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Xplenty 

Xplenty is an ETL tool that streamlines Redshift migration. Whether you want to move data to Amazon's cloud data warehouse from a database, app, customer relationship management (CRM) system, enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or elsewhere, you can transfer all kinds of data formats without a single line of code! Xplenty extracts data from multiple sources transforms it into the correct format for Redshift analytics and loads it to the Redshift data warehouse quickly. It's not just Redshift. Xplenty features over 100 out-of-the-box connectors that connect data stores, warehouses, lakes, and other systems. Just pay for the connectors you use. There are no hidden costs or long-term contracts. Other Xplenty features include a REST API, excellent customer service, and a Salesforce-to-Salesforce connector that not only moves Salesforce data to Redshift but moves it back again. Xplenty currently holds an impressive average user score of 4.3/5 on the software website G2.com. Here's what some users say about the platform:

  • "Easy to set up data sources and destinations. Support has been quick and helpful."

  • "You don't need to know code to connect systems, so having a technical background is a plus, but it's not required."

  • "Xplenty support is top-notch. They are constantly striving to ensure that you are having the best experience possible with their product."

  • "Xplenty is very flexible, which helps us meet our needs."

  • "Xplenty is very easy to use, and I can rely on it. Great customer service."

Stitch

Stitch is another one of the most popular Redshift ETL tools. Like Xplenty, it extracts data from various sources and loads it to Redshift and other data warehouses. However, the platform offers limited data transformation abilities, so it might struggle to convert some legacy data into the correct format for Redshift analytics. Other drawbacks include data limits of 5-300 million rows and standard customer support. Despite this, users love Stitch's user interface and pricing structure, which doesn't charge users a cent for low-volume data transfers. (The platform charges customers for the amount of data consumed during high-volume transfers.) Also, like Xplenty, Stitch comes with multiple out-of-box connectors that allow users to build data pipelines to Redshift with no code whatsoever, benefiting smaller companies that lack a data engineering team.

 

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Talend Data Fabric

Talend Data Fabric is the paid-for version of Talend Open Studio. It provides multiple data transformation capabilities, including pre-built connectors for sources that link to Redshift without code and machine learning tools for improved data quality. There are some things to consider, however. Unlike Xplenty and Stitch, Talend has a user-based pricing model that can work out expensive if there are several members of your team that handle data transformations. Plus, if you need customer assistance, you can only contact an agent from the company after subscribing to the Platinum or Diamond tiers (the most expensive subscription options.) Those on the lower-price level (Gold) only receive email support.

 
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Fivetran

Fivetran is another popular option for Redshift migrations. However, this platform tackles data transfers differently from the other tools on this list. That's because Fivetran reverses the 'T' and 'L' parts of ETL, moving data from its source to Redshift via a process called Extract, Load, and Transfer. Fivetran transforms data into the correct format for analytics after loading it to Redshift, which is fine for smaller datasets but not so fine if you have bigger data loads. (Something like Xplenty handles ETL and ELT workloads, so you have a choice when it comes to data transformation.)Fivetran features include over 100 out-of-the-box connectors, an easy-to-use interface, various customer service options, and a volume-based pricing structure that, again, might suit companies with small datasets.

 
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Informatica

Founded in 1993, Informatica is one of the oldest ETL tools on the market. It moves data from various locations to data warehouses like Redshift, serving hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. Features include one of the largest selections of native connectors on the market, high-quality customer support, and compliance with various data governance frameworks. The problem is, some organizations will find Informatica difficult to use. You might need to hire data engineers with an Informatica certification when moving data to a warehouse-like Redshift! The tool has a complex design flow that requires users to establish a connection with a source, then the target destination, and then develop and test workflows. This ETL platform also has a complicated pricing structure, with three different tiers.

 

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While all the Redshift ETL tools on this list help you move data to Amazon's cloud data warehouse, only one of them ticks all the boxes. That's because Stitch executes data transfers quickly but lacks transformation capabilities, while Talend only offers customer support to its highest-paying customers. Fivetran comes with over 100 connectors but focuses on ELT instead of ETL, limiting some companies with large data loads. Finally, Informatica offers an incredible range of connectors, but some organizations might find it difficult to use. Xplenty, however, transforms data into the correct format for Redshift analytics, offers the same level of support for all customers, handles ELT and ETL, and even beginners can use the platform with ease. Xplenty is your all-in-one data transformation solution, helping you build Redshift data pipelines without the need for code. Migrate data to Amazon's data warehouse without the headache. Want to find out how Xplenty transfers data to Redshift? Schedule a 7-day demo with a data integration expert and learn more about one of the greatest Redshift ETL tools on the market.