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"MSK has a private network that's an out-of-box feature."

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"Databricks is a scalable solution. It is the largest advantage of the solution.""Databricks gives you the flexibility of using several programming languages independently or in combination to build models.""I haven't heard about any major stability issues. At this time I feel like it's stable.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""The solution is very easy to use.""Imageflow is a visual tool that helps make it easier for business people to understand complex workflows.""Can cut across the entire ecosystem of open source technology to give an extra level of getting the transformatory process of the data.""The main features of the solution are efficiency."

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"It should be more flexible, integration-wise."

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"Databricks is an analytics platform. It should offer more data science. It should have more features for data scientists to work with.""The initial setup is difficult.""Anyone who doesn't know SQL may find the product difficult to work with.""The interface of Databricks could be easier to use when compared to other solutions. It is not easy for non-data scientists. The user interface is important before we had to write code manually and as solutions move to "No code AI" it is critical that the interface is very good.""Databricks is not geared towards the end-user, but rather it is for data engineers or data scientists.""Would be helpful to have additional licensing options.""The solution could improve by providing better automation capabilities. For example, working together with more of a DevOps approach, such as continuous integration.""The integration of data could be a bit better."

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  • "Licensing on site I would counsel against, as on-site hardware issues tend to really delay and slow down delivery."
  • "We find Databricks to be very expensive, although this improved when we found out how to shut it down at night."
  • "The pricing depends on the usage itself."
  • "I am based in South Africa, where it is expensive adapting to the cloud, and then there is the price for the tool itself."
  • "The price is okay. It's competitive."
  • "Databricks uses a price-per-use model, where you can use as much compute as you need."
  • "There are different versions."
  • "The solution uses a pay-per-use model with an annual subscription fee or package. Typically this solution is used on a cloud platform, such as Azure or AWS, but more people are choosing Azure because the price is more reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    MSK has a private network that's an out-of-box feature.
    Top Answer: 
    MSK should be easier to integrate with other solutions. It should be more flexible, integration-wise. MSK has a private network that's an out-of-the-box feature. For our case, we needed something… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Behind the scenes, we use Kafka. We tried using MSK to collect old data surrounding inventory from e-commerce websites, for example.
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    Databricks gives you the option of working with several different languages, such as SQL, R, Scala, Apache Spark, or Python. It offers many different cluster choices and excellent integration with… more »
    Top Answer: 
    We researched AWS SageMaker, but in the end, we chose Databricks. Databricks is a Unified Analytics Platform designed to accelerate innovation projects. It is based on Spark so it is very fast. It… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Databricks is an easy-to-set-up and versatile tool for data management, analysis, and business analytics. For analytics teams that have to interpret data to further the business goals of their… more »
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    Also Known As
    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka
    Databricks Unified Analytics, Databricks Unified Analytics Platform, Redash
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    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is a fully managed service that enables you to build and run applications that use Apache Kafka to process streaming data. Amazon MSK provides the control-plane operations, such as those for creating, updating, and deleting clusters.

    Databricks creates a Unified Analytics Platform that accelerates innovation by unifying data science, engineering, and business. It utilizes Apache Spark to help clients with cloud-based big data processing. It puts Spark on “autopilot” to significantly reduce operational complexity and management cost. The Databricks I/O module (DBIO) improves the read and write performance of Apache Spark in the cloud. An increase in productivity is ensured through Databricks’ collaborative workplace.

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    Sample Customers
    Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
    Elsevier, MyFitnessPal, Sharethrough, Automatic Labs, Celtra, Radius Intelligence, Yesware
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Media Company15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Mining And Metals Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Amazon MSK is ranked 8th in Streaming Analytics with 1 review while Databricks is ranked 1st in Streaming Analytics with 23 reviews. Amazon MSK is rated 8.0, while Databricks is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Amazon MSK writes "Allows you to build and run applications easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Databricks writes "Has a good feature set but it needs samples and templates to help invite users to see results". Amazon MSK is most compared with Confluent, Amazon Kinesis, Azure Stream Analytics, Google Cloud Dataflow and Cloudera DataFlow, whereas Databricks is most compared with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, Amazon SageMaker, Azure Stream Analytics, Alteryx and Dataiku Data Science Studio.

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