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Amazon EMR

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Amazon EMR

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Cloudera Manager

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon EMR

Well suited if you quickly want to setup a distributed compute platform, such as Spark. But you have to be advanced enough that you really want to separate compute from data storage. For example, for certain applications packaged solution such as MPP databases (e.g. Redshift) is much easier to set up that Spark on EMR and S3 with the appropriate file formats.
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Cloudera Manager

It would be suited for customers who feel more comfortable with using a GUI. It is less appropriate for developers or engineers who are comfortable with command line
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Pros

  • Ease of use and ease to setup
  • Autoscaling functionality
  • Integrated into the AWS environment
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  • Cloudera Manager has an easy to use web GUI. You can start and stop cluster and services. It will start and stop services in a cluster in the right order. You can monitor the cluster, services, and physical host hardware as well.
  • Cloudera Manager has an easy to use API that allows us to create scripts to automate deployment process.
  • Cloudera Manager has an option to add additional services that you could manage via the web GUI.
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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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  • Cloudera Manager needs to be more agile with integrating other applications, such as Accumulo 1.7, to their software.
  • Cloudera Manager can do a better job at explaining why a node fails to add to a cluster using their assistant.
  • Cloudera Manager should show graphs only when there is data, instead of showing just an empty box.
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Cloudera Manager8.5
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It meets all my customer's needs.
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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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I have not used any competitors, such as Hortonworks, because Cloudera Manager just works and meets all my customer's needs. I only have deployed Hadoop using command line, which is not easy to use and manage.
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Return on Investment

  • It was obviously cheaper and convenient to use as most of our data processing and pipelines are on AWS. It was fast and readily available with a click and that saved a ton of time rather than having to figure out the down time of the cluster if its on premises.
  • It saved time on processing chunks of big data which had to be processed in short period with minimal costs. EMR solved this as the cluster setup time and processing was simple, easy, cheap and fast.
  • It had a negative impact as it was very difficult in submitting the test jobs as it lags a UI to submit spark code snippets.
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  • Cloudera Manager has a positive impact because our users have the windows mentality. They are more comfortable with using an easy to use GUI.
  • We save so much time and effort by having an automated scripted to deploy our environment. It takes at the most 15 minutes to run a one line script to build zookeepers, hadoop, and accumulo database. Run it, come back 15 minutes later, and its done.
  • Due to ease of deployment, our developers and system administrators are happy that they can quickly build and test their application.
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Pricing Details

Amazon EMR

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Cloudera Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details