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Apache Spark Pros

Software Architect at Akbank
AI libraries are the most valuable. They provide extensibility and usability. Spark has a lot of connectors, which is a very important and useful feature for AI. You need to connect a lot of points for AI, and you have to get data from those systems. Connectors are very wide in Spark. With a Spark cluster, you can get fast results, especially for AI.
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RV
Director at Nihil Solutions
The memory processing engine is the solution's most valuable aspect. It processes everything extremely fast, and it's in the cluster itself. It acts as a memory engine and is very effective in processing data correctly.
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Chief Data-strategist and Director at theworkshop.es
The solution has been very stable.
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Engineering Manager at Sigmoid
Its scalability and speed are very valuable. You can scale it a lot. It is a great technology for big data. It is definitely better than a lot of earlier warehouse or pipeline solutions, such as Informatica. Spark SQL is very compliant with normal SQL that we have been using over the years. This makes it easy to code in Spark. It is just like using normal SQL. You can use the APIs of Spark or you can directly write SQL code and run it. This is something that I feel is useful in Spark.
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SS
Co-Founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Apache Spark can do large volume interactive data analysis.
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SS
Co-Founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The features we find most valuable are the machine learning, data learning, and Spark Analytics.
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NK
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The main feature that we find valuable is that it is very fast.
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Consultant at Exusia
The processing time is very much improved over the data warehouse solution that we were using.
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GA
Senior Solutions Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I like that it can handle multiple tasks parallelly. I also like the automation feature. JavaScript also helps with the parallel streaming of the library.
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Apache Spark Cons

Software Architect at Akbank
Stream processing needs to be developed more in Spark. I have used Flink previously. Flink is better than Spark at stream processing.
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RV
Director at Nihil Solutions
The graphical user interface (UI) could be a bit more clear. It's very hard to figure out the execution logs and understand how long it takes to send everything. If an execution is lost, it's not so easy to understand why or where it went. I have to manually drill down on the data processes which takes a lot of time. Maybe there could be like a metrics monitor, or maybe the whole log analysis could be improved to make it easier to understand and navigate.
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Chief Data-strategist and Director at theworkshop.es
It's not easy to install.
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Engineering Manager at Sigmoid
Its UI can be better. Maintaining the history server is a little cumbersome, and it should be improved. I had issues while looking at the historical tags, which sometimes created problems. You have to separately create a history server and run it. Such things can be made easier. Instead of separately installing the history server, it can be made a part of the whole setup so that whenever you set it up, it becomes available.
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SS
Co-Founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Apache Spark is very difficult to use. It would require a data engineer. It is not available for every engineer today because they need to understand the different concepts of Spark, which is very, very difficult and it is not easy to learn.
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SS
Co-Founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
We've had problems using a Python process to try to access something in a large volume of data. It crashes if somebody gives me the wrong code because it cannot handle a large volume of data.
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NK
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We use big data manager but we cannot use it as conditional data so whenever we're trying to fetch the data, it takes a bit of time.
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Consultant at Exusia
I would like to see integration with data science platforms to optimize the processing capability for these tasks.
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GA
Senior Solutions Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The logging for the observability platform could be better.
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Learn what your peers think about Apache Spark. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
566,121 professionals have used our research since 2012.