Amazon EMR Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
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Amazon Elastic MapReduce is used by my department to produce big data analytics for certain clients. The software address data mining and predictive analytics for data sets that take a long time to process. The software is not used for econometric or other analytical evaluation because the size of the data sets does not lend themselves to such analysis. The software is used almost exclusively for data mining and simple reporting for large data cases.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Amazon EMR for big data storage and processing. It's cluster architecture with each department having different clusters. It's great for processing and storage of large volumes of data, specifically, the data which is unstructured and generates very rapidly, like network logs.
  • Distributed computing
  • Fault tolerant
  • Uptime
  • Providing user friendly tools for hdfs access
  • More simpler apis for easy access and processsing
  • Memory requirenent
If you don't have big data ..i.e petabytes of data with terabytes of data generating every day, then don't use Hadoop. Relational databases are enough for terabytes of data. Hadoop is not well suited for transactional systems or data.
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November 17, 2017

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Score 8 out of 10
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EMR is being used by our department, not the whole organization. We use it as the infrastructure on which we run Spark jobs. Those jobs are mainly used for data I/O, data processing, and machine learning applications.
  • Ease of use and ease to setup
  • Autoscaling functionality
  • Integrated into the AWS environment
  • Cost overhead is a bit high
  • Limited versions of frameworks that can be used
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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October 25, 2017

AWS EMR at a glance!!

Score 7 out of 10
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We have used AWS EMR before starting to use Databricks on EC2 instances. EMR was solving the problem but we needed a better solution (Enterprise edition) to manage our Workbooks and better scheduler for running or jobs. EMR was working fine but we did not find it user friendly to add the data nodes on demand. We used EMR primarily to process the data on AWS S3 using Hadoop and Spark frameworks. We have also used AWS SWF to orchestrate our job flow by adding steps. It was used widely by the data processing team and not by the entire organization as most of the data was on local servers. It addresses problems like processing data which might not need to be processed live as the cluster can be spun up and shut down once the job is completed. It is cost efficient (especially if you do not need data nodes and only task nodes), scalable and reliable.
  • EMR does well in managing the cost as it uses the task node cores to process the data and these instances are cheaper when the data is stored on s3. It is really cost efficient. No need to maintain any libraries to connect to AWS resources.
  • EMR is highly available, secure and easy to launch. No much hassle in launching the cluster (Simple and easy).
  • EMR manages the big data frameworks which the developer need not worry (no need to maintain the memory and framework settings) about the framework settings. It's all setup on launch time. The bootstrapping feature is great.
  • 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.
EMR is suited if the jobs are long running and doesn't really need much monitoring. EMR is really flexible in processing the data on s3 as a developer doesn't need to spend time on debugging the connections to s3 from a big data framework as most of the configuration is taken care of by Amazon. Very cheap when compared to most of the solutions on the market and the ready to go configuration at the launch time reduces the amount of time required for admin tasks. So, considering the cheap cost, processing options on s3 and scalability via adding task nodes, EMR serves a better purpose for startups considering open source and cost efficient options.

However, EMR comes with its own disadvantages. There is no proper UI to track real time jobs which is however possible with Enterprise editions like Cloudera, Hortonworks etc. EMR could provide an interface to add workbooks and code snippets in the cluster as it would reduce the time to submit the tasks. EMR also lags the potential to automatically replace unhealthy nodes.
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Score 6 out of 10
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As a PhD student, I used Amazon Elastic MapReduce for my research for analyzing my data. Firstly, it was very scalable and did not cause much performance impact when using large data sets. Secondly, their web console is very easy to use and intuitive. There were many resources that could be used whenever I encountered any problems with EMR.
  • The cluster size of MapReduce is very dynamic and therefore scalability is good for EMR.
  • It also works well with other Amazon Web Services like Amazon Simple Storage Service, which means that data can be taken from those services and written back to them.
  • I tried using the in-house hosting at the university I work in, but there would be a lot of complications with technical support required. For Amazon, the support and documentation was good to solve these problems faster.
  • It would have been better if packages like HBase and Flume were available with Amazon EMR. This would make the product even more helpful in some cases.
  • Products like Cloudera provide the options to move the whole deployment into a dedicated server and use it at our discretion. This would have been a good option if available with EMR.
  • If EMR gave the option to be used with any choice of cloud provider, it would have helped instead of having to move the data from another cloud service to S3.
If the person using EMR does not need much customization, like debugging or other modifications, or the data is not entirely in another cloud, then Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a better option. Otherwise, there are other open source projects available like Cloudera that are available to be used. Products like Cloudera can also be deployed in any cloud, rather than having to stick with Amazon.
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Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is a web service for processing big data (hadoop).
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