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Compute Service Reviews

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Real User
President
Jul 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to quickly develop applications which reliably process very large volumes of time series sensor data with low latency is a critical need for us. Although, there is a rich and growing set of available tool kits that provide... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has enabled us to create solutions to client problems that would have either been impossible or very expensive/difficult using other technologies. It allows us to focus on the business logic for the applications rather than the... more»

What needs improvement?

I’d like to see a tool kit specifically targeted at incremental machine learning. It’s already great for scoring previously trained models, but dynamically updating models is currently more of a 'grow your own' kind of thing. It might also be... more»
Real User
Company Owner at a tech services company
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The serverless architecture solutions are most valuable, and the ability to start with little cost, and then expand as needed.

How has it helped my organization?

As our infrastructure work is outsourced, it's not easy provisioning servers. Even virtual servers take time. Using serverless architectures means no need to involve the infrastructure team.

What needs improvement?

I think the whole AWS stack is very disconnected from each other. in the .NET space, everything just works nicely together. In the AWS stack, there is a lot of head scratching. Demos appeared easy, however, once you sit down and build a... more»
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Real User
Principal Technical Trainer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Aug 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to quickly spin up instances on demand with zero upfront costs or infrastructure is the most valuable for me. This significantly reduces the time it takes to onboard projects or quickly create POV environments. It also enables a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One way we have used AWS EC2 is to be able to orchestrate the creation and termination of temporary instances used for training and demo purposes. Instead of having to wait on limited internal resources to become available, we can easily... more»

What needs improvement?

Built-in and/or integration with other services to proactively identify potential failures before they occur. For example, if capacity is low in an availability zone, recommend placements in another zone, or return capacity status before... more»
Real User
Full Stack Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability, reliability and easy to use settings. These features are essential for our company. The services our company offers to our users require high scalability. We need to scale our infrastructure horizontally to meet our users'... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped to reduce costs with infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

Price and availability. I think Amazon could offer lower costs for customers who have a high use demand, as in our case. Nowadays, the cost for little use is attractive, but when your company needs more computing power, costs can be very... more»
Real User
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 05 2018

What do you think of AWS Lambda?

Primary Use Case I back up my MongoDB, that database has user data. The performance of AWS Lambda has been fine. • Improvements to My Organization It has made things a lot easier in terms of restoring if we need to and just not having to worry about the small things. • Valuable Features The console is very good, the user experience works very well. • Room for Improvement I would like to see some better integration with other providers, like Cohesity, Druva, and others. I also think the Lambda interface could be better. • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues I don't have a ton of transactions, so it's very stable from my perspective. But I can imagine that it would not necessarily be as great for an enterprise product. • Scalability Issues ...
Real User
Software Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 11 2017

What is most valuable?

We are a research institution and use NiFi for its easy Java extensibility, built-in provenance capturing, and graphical web interface.

How has it helped my organization?

We are replacing a custom built Java data ingestion system that over time had become difficult to maintain and was brittle. NiFi allows us to organize our ingestion as the directed graphs and provides a useful GUI, that can be used to... more»

What needs improvement?

Most of our data is binary and we frequently must write our own processors. Also, there is no support for the stateful operations that require information from other data flows or look-up tables.
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jul 11 2017

What is most valuable?

* Velocity of data processing * Scalability * One Platform: Has different source connectors, sync connectors, and toolkits * Enables the possibility to create one's own special toolkit. For instance, a Coherence Java connector toolkit

How has it helped my organization?

We use this product for a TELCO company as the principal analyzer of CDR files. As a result, the TELCO company was able to cut down the time it took to respond of customer needs and there were fewer complaints.

What needs improvement?

The main area is in marketing. I would like to see improvement in the area of maintenance and configuration of mobile phones.
Consultant
Big Data Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 25 2017

What do you think of Apache Spark?

Valuable Features The good performance. The nice graphical management console. The long list of ML algorithms. • Improvements to My Organization We are able to solve problems, e.g., reporting on big data, that we were not able to tackle in the past. • Room for Improvement Apache Spark provides very good performance The tuning phase is still tricky. • Use of Solution I've used it for 2 years. • Deployment Issues We didn't have an issue with the deployment. • Stability Issues In the past we deployed Spark 1.3 to use Spark SQL but unfortunately one of our queries failed because of a bug fixed in following releases. Then we moved to Spark 1.6 but still some queries were failing when run against huge datasets. Now we are using version 2.1: it is more stable, it...
Real User
Global Product Development at a healthcare company
Jul 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The scalability and user experience are the most valuable features for us. We have top-tier hospitals using IBM Streams for healthcare analytics.

How has it helped my organization?

The OEM Solution (Excel-medical.com) running on top of IBM Steams provides real-time clinical algorithms that can give better insight into the patient's acuity, thus cutting off time to discharge patients and inversely making sure that sick... more»

What needs improvement?

The price and versatility of this product need to improve - it is not inexpensive. Its a very elaborate product - we have a 10 seat installation in Singapore- but it cost $1M and was missing the ability to program in Python. This was... more»
Real User
Senior Automation Test Developer/Automation Test Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Jan 15 2018

What is most valuable?

We use AWS Function and Jenkins API to trigger the Jenkins job from the AWS CodePipeline. Since our automated deploy jobs are on AWS, and automated tests are on Jenkins. Then we can create the release pipeline including AWS and Jenkins and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My automation test story is we moved from CircleCI to Jenkins, then to AWS. The benefit I can see is the maintenance and budget. Ops made this decision but it did not affect automation tests and the release pipeline too much, but I have seen... more»

What needs improvement?

1. Cannot checkout code from GitHub but Jenkins can. 2. No shell script supported. 3. CodePipeline cannot send notification to Slack, but we can use Slack API and Lambda Function.
Real User
Sr. Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Oct 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Fault Tolerance and easy binding with other processes like Machine Learning, graph analytics. The community is growing and hence executing ML in a distributed fashion is quite good.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously we were using Hadoop MapReduce to reduce the Google Ngrams (3TB), which took us approximately five days on our cluster. After using Spark, we were able to accomplish this task within hours.

What needs improvement?

This product is already improving as the community is developing it rapidly. More ML based algorithms should be added to it, to make it algorithmic-rich for developers.
Real User
Architect at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Sep 27 2017

What do you think of Apache Spark?

Valuable Features ETL and streaming capabilities. • Improvements to My Organization Made Big Data processing more convenient and a uniform framework adds to efficiency of usage since the same framework can be used for batch and stream processing. • Room for Improvement Stability in terms of API (things were difficult, when transitioning from RDD to DataFrames, then to DataSet). • Use of Solution I have used Spark since its inception in March 2015, from Spark 1.1 onwards. Currently, I use 2.2 extensively. • Stability Issues Yes, occasionally with different APIs. • Scalability Issues No. • Customer Service and Technical Support Since we were using the Open Source version of Apache Spark, without the Databricks support, we never used technical support form...
Consultant
Manager | Data Science Enthusiast | Management Consultant at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 10 2017

What do you think of Apache Spark?

Improvements to My Organization Organisations can now harness richer data sets and benefit from use cases, which add value to their business functions. • Valuable Features Distributed in memory processing. Some of the algorithms are resource heavy and executing this requires a lot of RAM and CPU. With Hadoop-related technologies, we can distribute the workload with multiple commodity hardware. • Room for Improvement Include more machine learning algorithms and the ability to handle streaming of data versus micro batch processing. • Use of Solution Three to five years. • Stability Issues At times when users do not know how to use Spark and request a lot of resources, then the underlying JVMs can crash, which is a big sense of worry.  • Scalability Issues No...
Consultant
Big Data and Cloud Solution Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 02 2017

What do you think of Apache Spark?

Valuable Features DataFrame: Spark SQL gives the leverage to create applications more easily and with less coding effort. • Improvements to My Organization We developed a tool for data ingestion from HDFS->Raw->L1 layer with data quality checks, putting data to elastic search, performing CDC. • Room for Improvement Dynamic DataFrame options are not yet available. • Use of Solution One and a half years. • Stability Issues No. • Scalability Issues No. • Other Advice Spark gives the flexibility for developing custom applications.
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