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Score 8.5 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon EMR

Amazon Elastic MapReduce is useful in cases where two conditions are met. First, that you are planning on using multiple big data tools simultaneously to analyze big data sets. And second, that you need a tool that simplifies managing big data tools. If these two conditions are met, MapReduce does a great job. The user interface is simple. The program eliminates some programming requirements. The software also makes setting up big data analyses much easier. With these benefits acknowledged, MapReduce is not a good tool for "small" data analyses, given that there are other tools that do the job quicker and much more professional output. If you're on the fence, try out MapReduce with competing "small" data tools and see if you really need big data software.
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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

  • DB generally fits 95% of what you need to do
  • Primarily the ability to transform data and or do ad-hoc DS work
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform Connectivity

Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.3
Connect to Multiple Data Sources
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
9.0
Extend Existing Data Sources
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
9.0
Automatic Data Format Detection
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
7.0

Data Exploration

Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
6.0
Visualization
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
6.0
Interactive Data Analysis
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
6.0

Data Preparation

Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.0
Interactive Data Cleaning and Enrichment
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.0
Data Transformations
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
9.0
Data Encryption
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
7.0
Built-in Processors
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.0

Platform Data Modeling

Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.3
Multiple Model Development Languages and Tools
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
9.0
Automated Machine Learning
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.0
Single platform for multiple model development
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
9.0
Self-Service Model Delivery
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
7.0

Model Deployment

Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
7.5
Flexible Model Publishing Options
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
7.0
Security, Governance, and Cost Controls
Amazon EMR
Databricks Unified Analytics Platform
8.0

Pros

Amazon EMR

  • Ease of use and ease to setup
  • Autoscaling functionality
  • Integrated into the AWS environment
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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

  • Very simplified infrastructure initialization
  • Seamless and automated optimization of job execution
  • Simple tool to get used to
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Cons

Amazon EMR

  • 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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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

  • Databricks should come with a fine grained access control mechanism. If I have tables or views created then access mechanism should be able to restrict access to certain tables or columns based on the logged in user
  • There should be improved graphing and dash boarding provided from within Databricks
  • Better integration with AWS could help me code jobs in Databricks and run them in AWS EMR more easily using better devops pipelines
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Usability

Amazon EMR

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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

Databricks Unified Analytics Platform 9.0
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This has been very useful in my organization for shared notebooks, integrated data pipeline automation and data sources integrations. Integration with AWS is seamless. Non tech users can easily learn how to use Databricks. You can have your company LDAP connect to it for login based access controls to some extent
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon EMR

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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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

When we started using it, only the notebook experience was mature. However, DB was very helpful giving us direct support to get onto their platform. Really there was little in the way to compare to them at the time. AWS has services but not the same low-cost angle
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Return on Investment

Amazon EMR

  • 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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Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

  • Quick adoption of cloud services by end users
  • Cost is high
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Pricing Details

Amazon EMR

General

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

Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

General

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

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