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"It is really easy to set up and the interface is easy to use.""StreamSets data drift feature gives us an alert upfront so we know that the data can be ingested. Whatever the schema or data type changes, it lands automatically into the data lake without any intervention from us, but then that information is crucial to fix for downstream pipelines, which process the data into models, like Tableau and Power BI models. This is actually very useful for us. We are already seeing benefits. Our pipelines used to break when there were data drift changes, then we needed to spend about a week fixing it. Right now, we are saving one to two weeks. Though, it depends on the complexity of the pipeline, we are definitely seeing a lot of time being saved.""In StreamSets, everything is in one place.""StreamSets’ data drift resilience has reduced the time it takes us to fix data drift breakages. For example, in our previous Hadoop scenario, when we were creating the Sqoop-based processes to move data from source to destinations, we were getting the job done. That took approximately an hour to an hour and a half when we did it with Hadoop. However, with the StreamSets, since it works on a data collector-based mechanism, it completes the same process in 15 minutes of time. Therefore, it has saved us around 45 minutes per data pipeline or table that we migrate. Thus, it reduced the data transfer, including the drift part, by 45 minutes."

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"Ab Initio reaches the highest performance and is very flexible in processing huge amounts of data."

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"It's a really powerful platform in terms of the combination of technologies they've developed and integrated together, out-of-the-box. The combination of Kafka and Spark is, we believe, quite unique, combined with CDC capabilities. And then, of course, there are the performance aspects. As an overall package, it's a very powerful data integration, migration, and replication tool.""The main impact for Oracle LogMiner is the performance. Performance is drastically reduced if you use the solution’s Oracle Binary Log Parser. So, if we have 60 million records, initially it used to take a minute. Now, it takes a second to do synchronization from the source and target tables.""Equalum is real-time. If you are moving from an overnight process to a real-time process, there is always a difference in what reports and analytics show compared to what our operational system shows. Some of our organizations, especially finance, don't want those differences to be shown. Therefore, going to a real-time environment makes the data in one place match the data in another place. Data accuracy is almost instantaneous with this tool.""Equalum provides a single platform for core architectural use cases, including CDC replication, streaming ETL, and batch ETL. That is important to our clients because there is no other single-focus product that covers these areas in that much detail, and with this many features on the platform. The fact that they are single-minded and focused on CDC and ETL makes this such a rich solution. Other solutions cover these things a little bit in their multi-function products, but they don't go as deep.""It's got it all, from end-to-end. It's the glue. There are a lot of other products out there, good products, but there's always a little bit of something missing from the other products. Equalum did its research well and understood the requirements of large enterprise and governments in terms of one tool to rule them all, from a data migration integration perspective.""All our architectural use cases are on a single platform, not multiple platforms. You don't have to dump into different modules because it is the same module everywhere.""Equalum has resulted in system performance improvements in our organization. Now, I am ingressing data off of multiple S3 sources, doing data processing, and formatting a schema. This would usually take me a couple of days, but now it takes me hours."

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"We've seen a couple of cases where it appears to have a memory leak or a similar problem.""The logging mechanism could be improved. If I am working on a pipeline, then create a job out of it and it is running, it will generate constant logs. So, the logging mechanism could be simplified. Now, it is a bit difficult to understand and filter the logs. It takes some time.""Currently, we can only use the query to read data from SAP HANA. What we would like to see, as soon as possible, is the ability to read from multiple tables from SAP HANA. That would be a really good thing that we could use immediately. For example, if you have 100 tables in SQL Server or Oracle, then you could just point it to the schema or the 100 tables and ingestion information. However, you can't do that in SAP HANA since StreamSets currently is lacking in this. They do not have a multi-table feature for SAP HANA. Therefore, a multi-table origin for SAP HANA would be helpful.""If you use JDBC Lookup, for example, it generally takes a long time to process data."

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"An awesome improvement would be big data solutions, for example, implementing some kind of business intelligence or neural networks for artificial intelligence."

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"They need to expand their capabilities in some of the targets, as well as source connectors, and native connectors for a number of large data sources and databases. That's a huge challenge for every company in this area, not just Equalum.""There is not enough proven integration with other vendors. That is what needs to be worked on. Equalum hasn't tested anything between vendors, which worries our clients. We need more proven vendor integration. It is an expensive product and it needs to support a multi-vendor approach.""Their UI could use some work. Also, they could make it just a little faster to get around their user interface. It could be a bit more intuitive with things like keyboard shortcuts.""The deployment of their flows needs improvement. It doesn't work with a typical Git branching and CI/CD deployment strategy.""Right now, they have a good notification system, but it is in bulk. For example, if I have five projects running and I put a notification, the notification comes back to me for all five projects. I would like the notification to come back only for one project.""I should be able to see only my project versus somebody else's garbage. That is something that would be good in future. Right now, the security is by tenants, but I would like to have it by project, e.g., this project has this source and flows in these streams, and I have access to this on this site."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are running the community version right now, which can be used free of charge."
  • "StreamSets Data Collector is open source. One can utilize the StreamSets Data Collector, but the Control Hub is the main repository where all the jobs are present. Everything happens in Control Hub."
  • "It has a CPU core-based licensing, which works for us and is quite good."
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  • "They have a very simple approach to licensing. They don't get tied up with different types of connectivity to different databases. If you need more connectors or if you need more CPU, you just add on. It's component-based pricing."
  • "Equalum was reasonably priced. It is not like those million dollar tools, such as Informatica."
  • "Equalum is rather expensive compared to its competitors. So, you have to make up that cost in time savings, and we usually do that. If we are saving money, it is because we are reducing our development time."
  • "As soon as you have more than six users, Equalum is lower in cost [than Talend] and if the group gets bigger, it's quite a big delta. If more users want to use it, you don't end up with an increase in licensing costs, so that makes it very easy. And if you need more licenses or more sources, it's a very simple upgrade methodology."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is really easy to set up and the interface is easy to use.
    Top Answer:We've seen a couple of cases where it appears to have a memory leak or a similar problem. It grows for a bit and then… more »
    Top Answer:We typically use it to transport our Oracle raw datasets up to Microsoft Azure, and then into SQL databases there.
    Top Answer:Ab Initio reaches the highest performance and is very flexible in processing huge amounts of data.
    Top Answer:An awesome improvement would be big data solutions, for example, implementing some kind of business intelligence or… more »
    Top Answer:My primary use of this solution is in the banking sector to process financial movements and generate reports. I also use… more »
    Top Answer:Equalum has resulted in system performance improvements in our organization. Now, I am ingressing data off of multiple… more »
    Top Answer:Their UI could use some work. Also, they could make it just a little faster to get around their user interface. It could… more »
    Top Answer:We use it for micro-batching of Kafka topics, which is like small, little bits of clickstream data. For almost all our… more »
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    Overview

    StreamSets offers an end-to-end data integration platform to build, run, monitor and manage smart data pipelines that deliver continuous data for DataOps, and power the modern data ecosystem and hybrid integration.

    Only StreamSets provides a single design experience for all design patterns for 10x greater developer productivity; smart data pipelines that are resilient to change for 80% less breakages; and a single pane of glass for managing and monitoring all pipelines across hybrid and cloud architectures to eliminate blind spots and control gaps.

    With StreamSets, you can deliver the continuous data that drives the connected enterprise.

    The Co>Operating System is an environment for building, integrating, and running enterprise business applications. The Co>Operating System is the foundation for all of Ab Initio's technologies. These technologies provide a complete and seamless application development and execution environment.

    Equalum is a fully-managed, end-to-end data ingestion platform that provides streaming change data capture (CDC) and modern data transformation capabilities. Equalum intuitive UI radically simplifies the development and deployment of enterprise data pipelines.

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    Availity, BT Group, Humana, Deluxe, GSK, RingCentral, IBM, Shell, SamTrans, State of Ohio, TalentFulfilled, TechBridge
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    SIEMENS, Microsoft
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
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    Financial Services Firm34%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Performing Arts11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise82%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Ab Initio Co>Operating System is ranked 24th in Data Integration Tools with 1 review while Equalum is ranked 9th in Data Integration Tools with 6 reviews. Ab Initio Co>Operating System is rated 10.0, while Equalum is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Ab Initio Co>Operating System writes "High performance and flexible solution for companies with large amounts of data". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Equalum writes "Frees staff to focus on data workflow and on what can be done with data, and away from the details of the technology". Ab Initio Co>Operating System is most compared with SSIS, Collibra Catalog, Talend Data Management Platform, AWS Glue and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), whereas Equalum is most compared with Denodo, Confluent, Oracle GoldenGate, HVR Software and Qlik Replicate.

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