AWS Glue vs Alation: What are the differences?
What is AWS Glue? Fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service. A fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics.
What is Alation? Enterprise Data Catalog & Data Governance. The leader in collaborative data cataloging, it empowers analysts & information stewards to search, query & collaborate for fast and accurate insights.
AWS Glue and Alation are primarily classified as "Big Data" and "Analytics Integrator" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by AWS Glue are:
- Easy - AWS Glue automates much of the effort in building, maintaining, and running ETL jobs. AWS Glue crawls your data sources, identifies data formats, and suggests schemas and transformations. AWS Glue automatically generates the code to execute your data transformations and loading processes.
- Integrated - AWS Glue is integrated across a wide range of AWS services.
- Serverless - AWS Glue is serverless. There is no infrastructure to provision or manage. AWS Glue handles provisioning, configuration, and scaling of the resources required to run your ETL jobs on a fully managed, scale-out Apache Spark environment. You pay only for the resources used while your jobs are running.
On the other hand, Alation provides the following key features:
- Data Catalog
- Automatically indexes your data by source
- Automatically gathers knowledge about your data
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