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Attribute Ratings

  • Databricks Lakehouse Platform (Unified Analytics Platform) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Actian Avalanche

80%
2 Ratings
8.7

Databricks Lakehouse Platform

87%
15 Ratings

Usability

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Databricks Lakehouse Platform

91%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6

Databricks Lakehouse Platform

76%
2 Ratings

Contract Terms and Pricing Model

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Databricks Lakehouse Platform

80%
1 Rating

Professional Services

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Databricks Lakehouse Platform

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Actian

This is a tool geared for smaller to mid-sized business that has disparate sources of data from different platforms in varying incarnations. It’s a great ETL tool to solve the problems a scenario like that causes, but you can also achieve that with good BI Tools like Qlik Sense. So be careful that you really need an ETL tool, as opposed to an end-use tool with a built-in ETL component. If you are going ELT and have a lot of data an not a lot of corporate resources, this is a better option than Microsoft or Informatica
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Databricks

If you need a managed big data megastore, which has native integration with highly optimized Apache Spark Engine and native integration with MLflow, go for Databricks Lakehouse Platform. The Databricks Lakehouse Platform is a breeze to use and analytics capabilities are supported out of the box. You will find it a bit difficult to manage code in notebooks but you will get used to it soon.
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Pros

Actian

  • Quick response for queries involving multi-million rows
  • Low cost
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Databricks

  • Process raw data in One Lake (S3) env to relational tables and views
  • Share notebooks with our business analysts so that they can use the queries and generate value out of the data
  • Try out PySpark and Spark SQL queries on raw data before using them in our Spark jobs
  • Modern day ETL operations made easy using Databricks. Provide access mechanism for different set of customers
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Cons

Actian

  • As I said before, more training or greater visibility to training tools/options would be a plus. It’s easy to publish YouTube videos these days, I think they should make more of them.
  • Differentiation would help, there’s not a lot out there to drive you to buy the product if you are well informed in the market. If you know the market, you steer towards the large or trendy products. It’s a good product, but lost in the noise of the field I think.
  • Hitching the wagon to a major software brand (like Mule did to Salesforce) would help grow the user base, and thus increase the activity in the support community. More users also translates into product champions.
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Databricks

  • Better Localized Testing
  • When they were primarily OSS Spark; it was easier to test/manage releases versus the newer DB Runtime. Wish there was more configuration in Runtime less pick a version.
  • Graphing Support went non-existent; when it was one of their compelling general engine.
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Pricing Details

Actian Avalanche

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Actian Avalanche editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform

    Starting Price

    $0.07 Per DBU

    Editions & Modules

    Databricks Lakehouse Platform editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Standard$0.071
    Premium$0.102
    Enterprise$0.133

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Usability

    Actian

    No answers on this topic

    Databricks

    Because it is an amazing platform for designing experiments and delivering a deep dive analysis that requires execution of highly complex queries, as well as it allows to share the information and insights across the company with their shared workspaces, while keeping it secured.

    in terms of graph generation and interaction it could improve their UI and UX
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    Support Rating

    Actian

    No answers on this topic

    Databricks

    One of the best customer and technology support that I have ever experienced in my career. You pay for what you get and you get the Rolls Royce. It reminds me of the customer support of SAS in the 2000s when the tools were reaching some limits and their engineer wanted to know more about what we were doing, long before "data science" was even a name. Databricks truly embraces the partnership with their customer and help them on any given challenge.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Actian

    Oracle>DB2>MS SQL Server>GreenPlum>Vectorwise
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    Databricks

    Databricks has a much better edge than Synapse in hundred different ways. Databricks has Photon engine, faster available release in cloud and databricks does not run on Open source spark version so better optimization, better performance and better agility and all kind of performance boost can be achieved in Databricks rather Open source synapse spark
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    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Actian

    No answers on this topic

    Databricks

    The problem with this tool and all other ones that are at the top of the industry, it's so expensive that soon as another one will be on the market and deliver the same or different value, it will be catastrophic for them. So you get the fact that they are cashing every dime right now like SAS or Hadoop once did. Now, look at them
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    Professional Services

    Actian

    No answers on this topic

    Databricks

    Again, another level of professional services, this is not their biggest strength but this is the cherry on top. I couldn't think about any other professional services like this one. Now I'm talking about meaningful services that really help out our project and delivery.
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    Return on Investment

    Actian

    • We had to move out of VectorWise after using the database for 2 years. Hence no positive impacts.
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    Databricks

    • Machine learning is a very new concept and not many universities offer to teach it. My school and a few others have been utilizing Databricks as one of the tools to teach and learn machine learning. By doing this, my university is creating a strong future workforce for the job market.
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