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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

  • Well suited for my big data related project or a static data set analysis especially for uploading huge dataset to the cluster.
  • But had some issues with connecting IoT real-time data and feeding to Power BI. It might be my understanding please take it as a mere comment rather than a suggestion.
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Pros

Amazon EMR

  • Distributed computing
  • Fault tolerant
  • Uptime
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IBM Analytics Engine

  • It’s easy to integrate if you are already on IBM cloud, and even if you are not you can still explore the whole package with their free Lite plan and some service credits they offer.
  • Unlimited clusters without any performance degradation is a nice selling point. The smaller cluster size seems to work since it is only the computer, and not mixed with storage.
  • The connection to Watson Studio helps manage your jobs as you submit them to the cluster, and this is a nice easy relationship with Analytics Engine.
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Cons

Amazon EMR

  • Cost overhead is a bit high
  • Limited versions of frameworks that can be used
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IBM Analytics Engine

  • I would like to see a more robust version of their online help
  • The speed of their business support is adequate, but I kind of expect more from such a powerhouse.
  • Problems with duration of cluster life
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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

We did an evaluation of Google Analytics and Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics in comparison to the IBM Analytics Engine product. We choose the product offering from IBM because we felt that for our company, this product offered a more complete and comprehensive package to satisfy our data analytics needs. We also appreciated that this product is coming from IBM, and we have a long-standing partnership with them and they have provided us with many valuable products and services over the years.
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Return on Investment

Amazon EMR

  • Positive: Helped process the jobs amazingly fast.
  • Positive: Did not have to spend much time to learn the system, therefore, saving valuable research time.
  • Negative: Not flexible for some scenarios, like when some plugins are required, or when the project has to be moved in-house.
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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

IBM Analytics Engine

General

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

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