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AWS Glue

Fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service

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.
AWS Glue is a tool in the Big Data Tools category of a tech stack.

Who uses AWS Glue?

109 companies reportedly use AWS Glue in their tech stacks, including Shelf, Zé Delivery, and Payhere.

287 developers on StackShare have stated that they use AWS Glue.

AWS Glue Integrations

MySQL, Amazon S3, Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon RDS, and Oracle are some of the popular tools that integrate with AWS Glue. Here's a list of all 18 tools that integrate with AWS Glue.
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Decisions about AWS Glue

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose AWS Glue in their tech stack.

Punith Ganadinni
Senior Product Engineer · | 2 upvotes · 52K views

Hey all, I need some suggestions in creating a replica of our RDS DB for reporting and analytical purposes. Cost is a major factor. I was thinking of using AWS Glue to move data from Amazon RDS to Amazon S3 and use Amazon Athena to run queries on it. Any other suggestions would be appreciable.

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Pardha Saradhi
Technical Lead at Incred Financial Solutions · | 6 upvotes · 64.1K views


We are currently storing the data in Amazon S3 using Apache Parquet format. We are using Presto to query the data from S3 and catalog it using AWS Glue catalog. We have Metabase sitting on top of Presto, where our reports are present. Currently, Presto is becoming too costly for us, and we are looking for alternatives for it but want to use the remaining setup (S3, Metabase) as much as possible. Please suggest alternative approaches.

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Trying to establish a data lake(or maybe puddle) for my org's Data Sharing project. The idea is that outside partners would send cuts of their PHI data, regardless of format/variables/systems, to our Data Team who would then harmonize the data, create data marts, and eventually use it for something. End-to-end, I'm envisioning:

  1. Ingestion->Secure, role-based, self service portal for users to upload data (1a. bonus points if it can preform basic validations/masking)
  2. Storage->Amazon S3 seems like the cheapest. We probably won't need very big, even at full capacity. Our current storage is a secure Box folder that has ~4GB with several batches of test data, code, presentations, and planning docs.
  3. Data Catalog-> AWS Glue? Azure Data Factory? Snowplow? is the main difference basically based on the vendor? We also will have Data Dictionaries/Codebooks from submitters. Where would they fit in?
  4. Partitions-> I've seen Cassandra and YARN mentioned, but have no experience with either
  5. Processing-> We want to use SAS if at all possible. What will work with SAS code?
  6. Pipeline/Automation->The check-in and verification processes that have been outlined are rather involved. Some sort of automated messaging or approval workflow would be nice
  7. I have very little guidance on what a "Data Mart" should look like, so I'm going with the idea that it would be another "experimental" partition. Unless there's an actual mart-building paradigm I've missed?
  8. An end user might use the catalog to pull certain de-identified data sets from the marts. Again, role-based access and self-service gui would be preferable. I'm the only full-time tech person on this project, but I'm mostly an OOP, HTML, JavaScript, and some SQL programmer. Most of this is out of my repertoire. I've done a lot of research, but I can't be an effective evangelist without hands-on experience. Since we're starting a new year of our grant, they've finally decided to let me try some stuff out. Any pointers would be appreciated!
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AWS Glue's Features

  • 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.
  • Developer Friendly - AWS Glue generates ETL code that is customizable, reusable, and portable, using familiar technology - Scala, Python, and Apache Spark. You can also import custom readers, writers and transformations into your Glue ETL code. Since the code AWS Glue generates is based on open frameworks, there is no lock-in. You can use it anywhere.

AWS Glue Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to AWS Glue?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the power of big data in minutes with Alooma and Amazon Redshift. Simply build your pipelines and map your events using Alooma’s friendly mapping interface. Query, analyze, visualize, and predict now.
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