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AWS Glue vs Impala: 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 Impala? Real-time Query for Hadoop. Impala is a modern, open source, MPP SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop. Impala is shipped by Cloudera, MapR, and Amazon. With Impala, you can query data, whether stored in HDFS or Apache HBase – including SELECT, JOIN, and aggregate functions – in real time.

AWS Glue and Impala belong to "Big Data Tools" category of the tech stack.

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, Impala provides the following key features:

  • Do BI-style Queries on Hadoop
  • Unify Your Infrastructure
  • Implement Quickly

Impala is an open source tool with 2.17K GitHub stars and 825 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Impala's open source repository on GitHub.

37 Signals, Stripe, and Expedia.com are some of the popular companies that use Impala, whereas AWS Glue is used by Auto Trader, Postmates, and SparkPost. Impala has a broader approval, being mentioned in 15 company stacks & 5 developers stacks; compared to AWS Glue, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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What is AWS Glue?

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 Apache Impala?

Impala is a modern, open source, MPP SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop. Impala is shipped by Cloudera, MapR, and Amazon. With Impala, you can query data, whether stored in HDFS or Apache HBase – including SELECT, JOIN, and aggregate functions – in real time.
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        AWS Data Pipeline
        AWS Data Pipeline is a web service that provides a simple management system for data-driven workflows. Using AWS Data Pipeline, you define a pipeline composed of the “data sources” that contain your data, the “activities” or business logic such as EMR jobs or SQL queries, and the “schedule” on which your business logic executes. For example, you could define a job that, every hour, runs an Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)–based analysis on that hour’s Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) log data, loads the results into a relational database for future lookup, and then automatically sends you a daily summary email.
        Airflow
        Use Airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The Airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command lines utilities makes performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress and troubleshoot issues when needed.
        Talend
        It is an open source software integration platform helps you in effortlessly turning data into business insights. It uses native code generation that lets you run your data pipelines seamlessly across all cloud providers and get optimized performance on all platforms.
        Apache Spark
        Spark is a fast and general processing engine compatible with Hadoop data. It can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.
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