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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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IBM Analytics Engine

IBM Analytics Engine works well for managing and running multiple clusters, keeping them organized and monitoring your budget better by separating out the computer costs from the storage costs. It’s only a good option if you are already working within IBM Cloud, if you are an Azure or AWS shop, you have better options within those subscriptions for both price and performance. Also, if you don’t have much in Hadoop or Spark clusters, the features this tool offers only add incremental value to how you were managing it before.
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Pros

Amazon EMR

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce works well for managing analyses that use multiple tools, such as Hadoop and Spark. If it were not for the fact that we use multiple tools, there would be less need for MapReduce.
  • MapReduce is always on. I've never had a problem getting data analyses to run on the system. It's simple to set up data mining projects.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce has no problems dealing with very large data sets. It processes them just fine. With that said, the outputs don't come instantaneously. It takes time.
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IBM Analytics Engine

  • Separation of computing and storage without losing analytics capability
  • Simple and straightforward cluster administration
  • Relatively simpler navigation as compared to the alternatives
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Cons

Amazon EMR

  • The analytical processes generally run quicker with the standalone tools of Hadoop, Spark, and others. If you only use one big data tool and don't really need things simplified, then Elastic MapReduce is more of an overhead tool that doesn't add much value.
  • The analytical capabilities of Elastic MapReduce are nowhere near as complex or broad as non-big data tools. I would suggest not using the tool unless your data really is big data.
  • The machine learning capabilities of Elastic MapReduce (using the big data tools of Hadoop/Spark) are good but are not as easy to use as other machine learning tools.
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IBM Analytics Engine

  • Business support is not half as good as it should be. Takes a while to provide support to even high priority tickets.
  • Lack of proper documentation on features and how they can be leveraged for maximum ROI.
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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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IBM Analytics Engine

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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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IBM Analytics Engine

  • Increasing learning success. My class and I were able to practice real tools
  • The only downsize is without the school, it would be unaffordable to use the tools
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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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IBM Analytics Engine

General

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

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