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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Spark

The software appears to run more efficiently than other big data tools, such as Hadoop. Given that, Apache Spark is well-suited for querying and trying to make sense of very, very large data sets. The software offers many advanced machine learning and econometrics tools, although these tools are used only partially because very large data sets require too much time when the data sets get too large. The software is not well-suited for projects that are not big data in size. The graphics and analytical output are subpar compared to other tools.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

BigQuery is unlike anything we've used as a big data tool. It is perfectly suited to query large data sets quickly and to store those large data sets for any time use. It's perfect for storing data and using it for reports. Logging data is the perfect application for BigQuery, but transactional data is possible as well
Tristan Dobbs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
9.0
Automatic software patching
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
9.3
Database scalability
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
9.3
Automated backups
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
8.7
Database security provisions
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
8.9
Monitoring and metrics
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
8.8
Automatic host deployment
Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
9.0

Pros

Apache Spark

  • Rich APIs for data transformation making for very each to transform and prepare data in a distributed environment without worrying about memory issues
  • Faster in execution times compare to Hadoop and PIG Latin
  • Easy SQL interface to the same data set for people who are comfortable to explore data in a declarative manner
  • Interoperability between SQL and Scala / Python style of munging data
Nitin Pasumarthy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

  • How many pros can a person type? This storage program gives workers and students the reality of unlimited storage space. I have never came close to overfilling my google cloud storage because it's huge and the best. I can view anything I save on there from any of my internet devices which is very important.
  • Depending on how you have the program set up - either online or through an application that lives on your desktop, dragging and dropping files to and from Cloud Storage couldn't be any more uncomplicated. Plus, new users who meet certain criteria - like updating personal security, or share the program receive additional free online storage.
  • The array of tools is very impressive, intuitive to use, and well organized in the sense that you don't have to go looking for individual apps. They're all easily accessed via a single dropdown.
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache Spark

  • Memory management. Very weak on that.
  • PySpark not as robust as scala with spark.
  • spark master HA is needed. Not as HA as it should be.
  • Locality should not be a necessity, but does help improvement. But would prefer no locality
Anson Abraham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

  • Though it is SQL some syntax are different but they are getting used to after you use for some time.
  • The legacy SQL is in beta state but can be used and you can run the query with simple SQL.
  • More documentation is needed for using User-defined functions in Big Query.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apache Spark

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery 9.0
Based on 1 answer
BigQuery is a little bit difficult to learn at first. The tools are all there but it takes a few hours of practice and trial and error to be comfortable processing a large dataset. It can handle quite a bit and the cloud storage makes those experimental practice hours much easier to do in your spare time. The software is capable of doing a lot, it's just a matter of being patient and learning the ways of BigQuery.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache Spark

Apache Spark 7.5
Based on 2 answers
1. It integrates very well with scala or python.2. It's very easy to understand SQL interoperability.3. Apache is way faster than the other competitive technologies.4. The support from the Apache community is very huge for Spark.5. Execution times are faster as compared to others.6. There are a large number of forums available for Apache Spark.7. The code availability for Apache Spark is simpler and easy to gain access to.8. Many organizations use Apache Spark, so many solutions are available for existing applications.
Yogesh Mhasde | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery 8.5
Based on 8 answers
I rated the overall support for Google BigQuery as a mediocre five because it has limited support from Google. Instead, it is heavily dependent on an organization's IT resources such as SQL analysts and Data Architects to run big data reports or maintain data quality. Additionally, if errors occur during a run of complex SQL queries or when sending data to Google BigQuery from other sources, Google provides basic email support which needs to be complemented with internal data warehouse support to fix the root cause of the database errors. Finally, due to constraints on the amount of data an analyst can query or pay the additional cost when exceeding the limit, basic Google support is not sufficient to meet data needs without interruption.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache Spark

Spark in comparison to similar technologies ends up being a one stop shop. You can achieve so much with this one framework instead of having to stitch and weave multiple technologies from the Hadoop stack, all while getting incredibility performance, minimal boilerplate, and getting the ability to write your application in the language of your choosing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

Spinning up, provisioning, maintaining and debugging a Hadoop solution can be non-trivial, painful. I'm talking about both GCE based or HDInsight clusters. It requires expertise (+ employee hire, costs). With BigQuery if someone has a good SQL knowledge (and maybe a little programming), can already start to test and develop. All of the infrastructure and platform services are taken care of. Google BigQuery is a magnitudes simpler to use than Hadoop, but you have to evaluate the costs. BigQuery billing is dependent on your data size and how much data your query touches.
Csaba Toth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache Spark

  • It has had a very positive impact, as it helps reduce the data processing time and thus helps us achieve our goals much faster.
  • Being easy to use, it allows us to adapt to the tool much faster than with others, which in turn allows us to access various data sources such as Hadoop, Apache Mesos, Kubernetes, independently or in the cloud. This makes it very useful.
  • It was very easy for me to use Apache Spark and learn it since I come from a background of Java and SQL, and it shares those basic principles and uses a very similar logic.
Carla Borges | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google BigQuery

  • Google BigQuery has had enormous impact in terms of ROI to our business, as it has allowed us to ease our dependence on our physical servers, which we pay for monthly from another hosting service. We have been able to run multiple enterprise scale data processing applications with almost no investment
  • Since our business is highly client focused, Google Cloud Platform, and BigQuery specifically, has allowed us to get very granular in how our usage should be attributed to different projects, clients, and teams.
  • Plain and simple, I believe the meager investments that we have made in Google BigQuery have paid themselves back hundreds of times over.
Alex Andrews | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Spark

General

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

Google BigQuery

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Spark
8.3
Google BigQuery
8.3

Usability

Apache Spark
Google BigQuery
9.0

Support Rating

Apache Spark
7.5
Google BigQuery
8.5

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