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Amazon EMR

EMR is suited if the jobs are long running and doesn't really need much monitoring. EMR is really flexible in processing the data on s3 as a developer doesn't need to spend time on debugging the connections to s3 from a big data framework as most of the configuration is taken care of by Amazon. Very cheap when compared to most of the solutions on the market and the ready to go configuration at the launch time reduces the amount of time required for admin tasks. So, considering the cheap cost, processing options on s3 and scalability via adding task nodes, EMR serves a better purpose for startups considering open source and cost efficient options. However, EMR comes with its own disadvantages. There is no proper UI to track real time jobs which is however possible with Enterprise editions like Cloudera, Hortonworks etc. EMR could provide an interface to add workbooks and code snippets in the cluster as it would reduce the time to submit the tasks. EMR also lags the potential to automatically replace unhealthy nodes.
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Apache Drill

if you're doing joins from hBASE, hdfs, cassandra and redis, then this works.Using it as a be all end all does not suit it. This is not your straight forward magic software that works for all scenarios. One needs to determine the use case to see if Apache Drill fits the needs. 3/4 of the time, usually it does.
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Pros

  • EMR does well in managing the cost as it uses the task node cores to process the data and these instances are cheaper when the data is stored on s3. It is really cost efficient. No need to maintain any libraries to connect to AWS resources.
  • EMR is highly available, secure and easy to launch. No much hassle in launching the cluster (Simple and easy).
  • EMR manages the big data frameworks which the developer need not worry (no need to maintain the memory and framework settings) about the framework settings. It's all setup on launch time. The bootstrapping feature is great.
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  • queries multiple data sources with ease.
  • supports sql, so non technical users who know sql, can run query sets
  • 3rd party tools, like tableau, zoom data and looker were able to connect with no issues
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Cons

  • Sometimes bootstrapping certain tools comes with debugging costs. The tools provided by some of the enterprise editions are great compared to EMR.
  • Like some of the enterprise editions EMR does not provide on premises options.
  • No UI client for saving the workbooks or code snippets. Everything has to go through submitting process. Not really convenient for tracking the job as well.
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  • deployment. Not as easy
  • configuration isn't as straight forward, especially with the documentation
  • Garbage collection could be improved upon
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if Presto comes up with more support (ie hbase, s3), then its strongly possible that we'll move from apache drill to prestoDB. However, Apache drill needs more configuration ease, especially when it comes to garbage collection tuning. If apache drill could support also sparkSQL and Flume, then it does change drill into being something more valuable than prestoDB
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Alternatives Considered

Having one of these enterprise edition license comes at its own costs. But, the flexibility to have the cluster spin up with the workbenches and code snippets on the same is really beneficial. Especially, if one had to move out of EMR and consider an option which reduces the debugging time in establishing connections to AWS resources, I would love to used the mentioned three resources on EC2. This would definitely make the processing time to reduce as there is a flexibility to test real time and execute the code snippet and look at the performance and monitor the snippet in real time.
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compared to presto, has more support than prestodb.Impala has limitations to what drill can supportapache phoenix only supports for hbase. no support for cassandra. Apache drill was chosen, because of the multiple data stores that it supports htat the other 3 do not support. Presto does not support hbase as of yet. Impala does not support query to cassandra
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Return on Investment

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce has had a positive ROI in the sense that it saved time managing big data projects where analysts were using different big data tools. Essentially, an increase in employee productivity.
  • Elastic MapReduce is not worth it in cases where you're just trying things out. You'll likely lose money unless you're sure that using MapReduce is a good idea.
  • Elastic MapReduce takes some time learning, although not too much. If the employee is less well-versed in big data analytics, the software is a high hill to climb that eats up employee time.
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  • Configuration has taken some serious time out.
  • Garbage collection tuning. is a constant hassle. time and effort applied to it, vs dedicating resources elsewhere.
  • w/ sql support, reduces the need of devs to generate the resultset for analysts, when they can run queries themselves (if they know sql).
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Amazon EMR

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Apache Drill

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Free Trial
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