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Qubole review by Aldo O.
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"Surprisingly easy to use"

What do you like best?

I especially like how easy it is to trigger commands, not only from the Qubole console but also using the REST API to trigger actions from our custom scripts. Also, being able to switch between technologies such as Hive, Presto and Spark with a simple dropdown is great. Finally, the capability of switching between environments to sandbox changes

What do you dislike?

Notebooks are sometimes unstable and we get weird exceptions that are solved by waiting for a little while and retrying. Also, the displayed tables are not automatically refreshed.

Qubole lacks some good videos to explain how to configure the interpreters and add custom artifacts; I had a hard time finding that out on external forums

Recommendations to others considering the product

More documentation on the REST APIs to facilitate the usage

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running adhoc queries on our datalakes and increase/decrease the size of our cluster on demand. We also connect our scheduler to this platform to submit jobs on a regular basis. Whenever we want to take a look at something in particular, we review the logs and find the job id to dig into the logs. The most important benefit we've experienced is the cost reduction of using our cloud provider since Qubole expands and shrinks the clusters accordingly and it is extremely easy to use.

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Qubole review by User
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"Getting better"

What do you like best?

Hive queries work great. I don't recall ever having an issue. If something goes wrong in Hive, there is usually a clear path to resolution. New features for Zeppelin notebooks are steadily arriving and making Qubole's version of Zeppelin stand out from others.

What do you dislike?

Zeppelin notebooks can be troublesome. Issues are hard to replicate which makes them more frustrating to use. However, as time goes on, the issues are fewer and I am learning workarounds. A lot of the notebook issues are Zeppelin-specific and do not have to do with Qubole - who are working hard to improve that experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will be happy with the Hive query capabilities. Make sure you test your specific use cases for notebook use. With careful cluster setup and management and recognizing the inherent limitation in Zeppelin itself, you will be happy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Machine learning to model and predict various business outcomes. Data cleaning.

Data ETL. Exploratory data analysis. Scheduled jobs to populate dashboards.

What Big Data Processing and Distribution solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Qubole review by Alexander E.
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"True SaaS experience in Big Data Analytics"

What do you like best?

SaaS nature of the product, not a IaaS like EMR. Permanent history of all command, scripts, queries. Ability to start/down cluster on demand without calling additional API, just by submitting the actual query. Ability to get log back to client through REST API.

What do you dislike?

Some UI sections look redundant from functionality point, like Explorer overlaps with Analysis in many aspects. I think it would be better to unify them. Some weird glitches are annoying, for example when the Spark logs are disappeared.

The big disadvantage is proprietary extensions of open source products made by Qubole.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate a product for real use case

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Clickstream event processing, search events processing. Funnel reports, corporate analytics, etc

Qubole review by Valeriy B.
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"Valeriy Borysyuk's Qubole review"

What do you like best?

Qubole provides easily accessible history of all queries with results, I can share Query ID with query itself and it's results with someone else in my team or across the company. This is the killing feature really. Also clusters are started, scaled and shut down on demand. Also excellent Qubole support. They help to resolve all problems, simple and complex ones. Qubole also developed a lot of features, like Hive-JDBC-Storage-Handler for accessing other JDBC data sources from Hive, and many other features.

What do you dislike?

Impossible to run Hive from the shell script. Impossible to execute simple light-weight shell without Map-Reduce started. When using GUI, need to re-login every few minutes, this is annoying feature. I'd prefer my sessions not to expire during my working day. Cost views are heavy and it seems query costs even when it stuck waiting for resources and not running at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can access lot of tools for data processing such as Presto, Hive, RDBMS, etc. using the same API and GUI. Also Qubole supports AirFlow clusters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Data Warehouse using different tools using the same GUI and API. Easy development because of reach unified API.

Qubole review by Matt E.
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"A solid managed platform for Spark"

What do you like best?

Qubole simplifies the operational side of running Spark clusters and jobs, both scheduled and ad-hoc. It allows researchers and data engineers to focus on business logic instead of platform maintenance and tuning.

What do you dislike?

Once you have a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail. Sometimes the overhead of running a Spark job dominates the actual data processing work to be done. See the blog post "Don't use Hadoop when your data isn't that big" and think about whether you might achieve faster turnaround without reaching for Spark. Initial exploratory work, especially, can go faster if you just run everything from a fast laptop without any distributed processing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a solid choice if you want some of the most popular Big Data tools and don't want to spend time maintaining them yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're performing content and user classification, content NLP, and user activity analytics with Qubole. We've been able to standardize around Spark and Qubole for batch jobs so that there's a common reference framework used by everyone on the team. We also don't need to devote time to maintaining the cluster and can focus on business logic.

Qubole review by Endy L.
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"Fantastic"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup, use, and maintain. End to end Big Data (Lake) Complete Platform within less than an hour setup. A no brainer for any company who want to have a platform for experience users to use, or even for new beginner user to start learning and advancing their knowledge. Proven on my previous company, within 6 months, have more than 10 Data Engineers with great technical expertise with Spark, Hadoop/Hive, and Airflow.

What do you dislike?

Initially, the inconsistency on product releases, that can cause unexpected errors because of bugs. But over the time has improved significantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No Brainer for companies who are looking for cloud native Big Data Platform. Simple to setup, great framework and environment for new user to learn Hadoop, spark, airflow, and big data in general (including Python, Data Science stuff, ML). Cost optimization, fantastic auto scaling capabilities, and fantastic Presto performance for Analytics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data Lake, Data Accessibility, Dat Automation, Data Science Workload with Spark and Python/R with Zeppelin, AutoScaling capability for Hadoop and Spark Workload, Data Preparation and Integration.

Qubole review by Ahmad Z.
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"Convenient but quirky "

What do you like best?

I do not have to worry about any installation or set up process. I just select the config I need and I can start working on spark or presto. There are some configurations that must be done (connection to S3, keys, iAM roles and so on), however, they pale in comparison to running an installation from scratch.

Scaling out or scaling up is also made simple by just choosing a few things from the cluster config options.

Built in solutions like Scheduler help with scheduling and automating a few jobs, and when things get too large, you can use airflow on Qubole.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are things that work on Zeppelin or the underlying technology in general, but due to some issues with Qubole value added product, these things fail (example is connection between spark & redshift). When these things are highlighted to the support team, they get addressed, but the resolution time varies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very convenient, but it has some issues. The support team is quite active and they address measure problems immediately (if problems were not fixed, the root cause analysis is provided along with a fix estimation)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running queries on hive data meta stores with data stored in S3 using Presto

Running data aggregation jobs on data stored in S3 using spark

Running queries that join S3 data with redshift data on presto

Adhoc queries using Spark that search through S3 files to answer business questions

Qubole review by User in Computer Software
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"Great tool to query big data in S3"

What do you like best?

- Simplicity of queries,

- Similarity to SQL makes learning curve faster.

- Ability to download results in csv format.

- Qubole keeps history of ran queried for long period of time which helped me a lot in finding previous queries and saved time for writing new queries.

What do you dislike?

- Slower when comparing to competitor like Athena.

- If the result set is higher then results are stored in S3 with partitioned files. This makes difficult to combine all result and view it together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- I can advocate to use qubole for other companies who are looking to query data in S3, Azure or other cloud storage technologies in efficient and timely manner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- We are medium scale company dealing petabytes of data and We really need to query this data for reporting, analytics and for machine learning purposes.

- As we are working in AWS technology we store all the data in S3, we wanted a tool which can query data present in S3.

- Qubole lets us solve this problem exactly by storing data in S3 in partitioned format and then query it efficiently.

- Qubole makes it easy to analyze the big data using simple sql like queries.

- Qubole also gives an option of selecting clusters according to price and time need. which provides options considering needs.

- Qubole is also cost efficient in terms of running bid queries and cost associated with it. By allowing to store data in partitioned format saved us a lot of time and money.

- I can advocate to use qubole for other companies who are looking to query data in S3, Azure or other cloud storage technologies in efficient and timely manner.

Qubole review by User
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"Qubole puts our data at the fingertips of all colleagues"

What do you like best?

With Qubole, our non-engineering colleagues are no longer required to talk to engineers in order to get immediate insights out of our data lake. This saves time for both sides, such that everyone can focus on what they do best.

What do you dislike?

I think Qubole's UI could be a little friendlier when it comes to displaying query execution progress. It's easy for me to parse as an engineer, but some non-technical colleagues find it difficult to determine if a query is on track to complete or not.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have clear guidance regarding creation of tables. It's too easy to end up with a big pile of tables that lack consistent ownership. This leads to confusion on the part of users, as well as operators who cannot tell which tables are safe to delete, or when maintenance can be performed on underlying data. In addition, keeping this information in a centralized location provides more opportunities for tighter access control at the underlying store level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The most important one is the ability of product managers to quickly gain insights into patterns hidden in the data in order to deliver a more impactful product to our customers. This results in less rework by engineers later on. Everybody wins!

Qubole review by User
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"Easy-to-Use Querying Software"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of the Analyze interface as well as the built-in scheduling capabilities. The functionality to search through old queries, both saved and unsaved, is powerful and intuitive. Additionally, I like the ability to easily manage multiple clusters for managing workloads of varying size. Moreover, the available cluster UI makes it simpler to investigate failed queries.

What do you dislike?

I'd like to be able to set default values for schema so that I don't need to specify schema every time if I am predominantly referencing just one schema. I also find the log process updates annoying. While it is helpful to see specific log details, I get annoyed scrolling through a list of % completes. I feel that a status bar would better use the screen real estate and make it a bit simpler to read through the logs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to make large, log-level data sources available to cross-functional teams to run both automated and ad hoc analytics to meet their varied needs.

Qubole review by User in Computer Software
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"Quick to start with bigdata using Qubole"

What do you like best?

Autoscaling and way Qubole uses AWS spot instances minimizes compute cost for customers. Our team has experienced close to 30% reduction in cost compared to previous cluster without Qubole.

Amount of time it tales to on board new process onto Qubole is very less, and we can have many clusters each designed for its own purpose.

Qubole also supports notebooks backed by spark clusters, which is very handy for quickly iterating on ideas for developers.

Qubole support is really good, they respond to tickets in timely manner and we always have someone helping us out via slack/emails on time critical projects..

What do you dislike?

Qubole sometimes has lot of bugs and lot of their features are not well documented. You have to engage support to get those things figured out.

Personally Im not very much impressed with UI and interface of qubole query editor, most of times it doesn't show results in well formatted manner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will save money if you are currently using public cloud like AWS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ablility to query big data sets for adhoc analysis, generate reports, data processing to generated ML models. We use presto clusters for near realtime queries which mostly support our backend, performance of these clusters is really amazing.

Qubole review by Administrator
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"2 years back it was serving our needs ..now the platform has to catchup for productivity."

What do you like best?

the Support system

Spark ,Airflow deployments

Team that works with us on cutomer support

What do you dislike?

Lack of innovation on ML AI

Lack of serverless deployments

The technology is 2 years outdated and not growing

Need solution experts to help partner soultions in qubole systems

Recommendations to others considering the product

please improve ml and ai offering

Dont just say spark can do it..

have more blogs

technical sessions on how to do it.

learn from products like sagemaker ,cloudml and others on how to solve ml ai piece for organization

build automatic suites for anomaly detection unsupervised learning etc.

share code and engineering experitse through blog and explain how to leverage the qubole product.

Make serverless implementation like presto glue .

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build deeplearning applications for clients and share the experience with others functionally and technically

have redis for storing hot data

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling.

Big data workloads with spark.

Used presto for some time but now there are seveless options from Amzon which has replaced all of our spark workloads

Qubole review by Stanislav M.
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"I like qubole as this is easy to run queries, but it is a bit complex to use and find best use cases"

What do you like best?

I really like that tables are easily achievable and i can fast switch between different tables and see the content. Also I can see what should be queried mandatory.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that I can open a table content only once being on the same page. Sometimes I can close the table content, but then I need to open it again, and I can't do that before refreshing the whole page

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would be amazing to have this product more easy to use and improve the errors description.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using cubole to have an access to huge set of data we are operating and can't put everything in our UI.

Qubole review by Pradeep J.
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"Scaling Machine Learning Platform"

What do you like best?

- Excellent customer support and the relative ease in getting started.

- Continued Qubole rep support in spite of internal organizational reorgs.

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What do you dislike?

Does not offer much in addition to the Spark UI for monitoring, alerting and debugging. Features like profiling or suggesting improvements to job parameters will go a long way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Excellent customer support, the ability to raise issues and receive support is phenomenal

- Good breakdown of costs

- Stable as a company

- Not a big sales push, the product speaks for itself

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data Pipeline and Machine Learning Scoring/Feature Extraction

Data Transformations

Real Time Streaming Analytics

Qubole review by Jacker M.
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"Good experience"

What do you like best?

The way tables and contents are organized and also the easy way of running queries, seeing errors and getting results.

What do you dislike?

Large results are unable to export using the tool. I know that we can use a different url to export it, but we need to get API-key and query id and access a different tool to do that. It would be better to run it seamlessly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I dont have any.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Qubole to get raw logs for events related to entities we have in our platform.

Qubole review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Qubole makes my life easier"

What do you like best?

I like the features within the Qubole program such as templates and the sheduler. I use the templates regularly which makes it very easy to use when i need to regulalry run specific queries.

What do you dislike?

I dont know if this could be a bit optimistic or whether it is possible - but maybe there could be more help with troubleshooting queries. Also, query run times can vary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working in analysis, Qubole has enabled me to be able to analyse our clients website more granularly. For example we have been able to segment out their website using qubole queries to create our custom pixels and analyse specificly on these segments. This can provide more in depth analysis which the client is always looking for.

Qubole review by User in Internet
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"Terrible for query iterations, good for historical record"

What do you like best?

You can find past queries and results pretty easily if they are within a recent timeframe, this is good for having a record of your work and being able to see what you ran if you are not good about keeping your own documentation of your projects. It is also nice that qubole when paired with a datalake allows for the use of partitions, so you may store lots of historical data and be able to query a smaller timeframe without it taking forever. This feature is not available in the other engine that I use so I tend to chose qubole when looking at events or other large data sources within my work.

What do you dislike?

You cannot exit a query without running or your changes will be deleted, this means you need to run a new query and clog up your history for every single iteration you want to make which makes it difficult to discovery within your query history. Search is terrible, results will not show up for queries run a long time ago so you won't know the results you received on the original run, which may be different if you run it now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working as a data analyst, it functions as a necessity for analysis, I appreciate the use of partitions which are possible with qubole and will only use this engine when in need of partitions and I use qubole to query large tables with event data or other large data which I would not have access to elsewhere because of impossibly long run time without the use of a partition.

Qubole review by Russell L.
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"Managing your cluster problems"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that we can spin up different clusters for different purposes and all are managed through qubole. We don't have to deal with the headache of keeping our cluster up and running.

What do you dislike?

I don't like certain features of the python SDK and the notebooks are not as reliable as hoped.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL, ML, and visualizations.

I have learned that there are many use cases that can be solved with many of the scheduler tools and s3 locations alone.

Qubole review by User
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"Good but can get way better and smooth"

What do you like best?

The interface is amazing. With respect to queries and all in handling data, it looks really easy. but at the same time, there is no visualization tool which can help us make dashboards for the queries. The tool looks complete since we can schedule queries as well as also work on large queries smoothly. The scheduler and crones are the best things I and my team uses the most.

What do you dislike?

There is no info available with respect to the limit available on the system for a particular queries. A lot of time it takes hours to run a query and it fails in the end due to limit on the amount of resources. There is no visualization for the data. Data is visible only in tabular format but no dashboard is available to track data from queries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is one of the easiest places for analysts people to run queries, and manage it. Despite not having enough knowledge about scheduler and crones and their background working, We are able to run large scale queries in order to make the best possible insights.

One thing that bothers us is after fetching data from Qubole, we have to upload it to some dashboard management tools.

Out of 10, would grade it 9 with respect to ease of use.

Can improve on dashboard fact I believe

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analyzing large scale data and making meaningful insights out of it. We run, schedule and manage queries over it and use it to run about 100s of queries per day

Qubole review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Strong product with good, but not quite great shortcuts and time-saving features"

What do you like best?

I really like the ease of use of the platform. Several SQL languages are available within the platform, but I typically find the Presto SQL is sufficient to meet most of my needs and is easy to use for anyone with any prior SQL knowledge.

What do you dislike?

There are some shortcuts that other database management software companies offer that are not available in Qubole. For instance, you cannot set a default schema, so the schema must be explicitly called for every table in a query. Additionally, when using the 'Explore' tab to manually review data in a table, you cannot set-limits for the number of rows you'd like to see. Simple dimensional tables that have over ~50 rows won't display entirely due to the software's default setting of returning only 50 rows or so.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Qubole to manage data from various external sources in a data lake. My role then frequently queries the data lake to develop standard reporting and analytics for internal teams.

Qubole review by User
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"Decent but a lot of hassle to work with"

What do you like best?

It's much more complete when compared to other products but at the same time also managing and handling queries or jobs are at times failed because of bugs from qubole's end which are managed very late or are time consuming

What do you dislike?

Need to talk to the executive a lot of times while handling issues. Many times the answer is this will be fixed in next release but that is way far in future

Recommendations to others considering the product

A lot of times the customer would need to have a feature or things being fixed as soon as possible. It can't wait for the next release to come up, mostly when its in the production environment. It'll be great in terms of handling if the requests are made quickly without hassle

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hadoop cluster runs over qubole'. Easy to manage resources, just need to add or subtract the count. There is no option to remove a specific nodes but still it's very easy to manage and complete as it contains scheduler, Crons etc.

Qubole review by Agency
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"My Qubole Experience"

What do you like best?

- I like the ability to quickly change between a variety of languages to manipulate data

- The scheduler's ability to use a workflow and switch between languages in the same process

- The history features are extremely useful. I especially like that I can see historical results in addition to my old queries.

What do you dislike?

- When running a query, the lack of a status bar is really annoying. Especially as the logs tend to grow indefinitely

- It is difficult to have Qubole connect to Tableau effectively. The connection is slow and often fails. This has improved with more recent updates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- We use Qubole to analyze programmatic media spend and identify potentially useful insights for programmatic traders.

- The results of our data sets are stored and updated using the Qubole scheduler. We then use these data source to power Tableau visualizations.

Qubole review by Tanmay S.
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"Powerful and Full of Features"

What do you like best?

The history of commands that you have run is available for you to go back to. The matters a lot when you are trying test and build something quickly

What do you dislike?

The pricing is high. To cut down on pricing you have to buy less powerful nodes for distributed computing which sometimes leads to memory issues when working on large data sets

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use for brute force computing. No BI options

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted a platform which gives me the benefit of distributed computing on demand without myself setting up the environment. Qubole does a really good job in this regard

Qubole review by User in Internet
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"Qubole notebooks are great, scheduling system could be better"

What do you like best?

The best part is Qubole notebooks. Notebooks can be attached to clusters, and clusters can be loaded with different libraries, easy to use, and Pyspark and Spark functionalities almost always work. I have used notebooks in my school project, and found it much better than Sagemaker and Zeppelin.

What do you dislike?

Scheduling system is not reliable. As a company we used to have production jobs scheduled on Qubole scheduler, and most would fail for some reason or the other. This caused us to host our own Airflow instance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Production ETL jobs, and machine learning projects at my school. Ease of use with notebook functionality is pretty good.

Qubole review by Javier R.
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"In short time using it, it has became one of my favorite Data Analysis tools"

What do you like best?

Its easy integration with other different Data Preparation tools. Ease of use and the vast existing documentation.

What do you dislike?

I haven't really found something I dislike. I think the queries are taking a lot of time, but this might be caused by the resources we have that stores Qubole.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We store our Data Lake in Qubole. The idea is that we start using the Machine Learning capabilities to gather insights from our data.

Qubole review by User in Computer Games
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"Very useful tool for querying large relational databases. "

What do you like best?

The UI is easy to use and provides a one stop shop for any possible data browsing and querying. The face the software is not tied to any cloud vendor is also a huge plus.

What do you dislike?

An open selection of all cloud provider instance types with no explanation as to their ideal use cases causes too much confusion for new users setting up a new cluster.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GIve it time to get used to the product and you'll end up loving its user friendly and intuitive UI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Querying big data databases of impression logs, conversion logs, click logs.. understanding patterns and trends, investigating possible ad fraud scenarios.

Qubole review by Akshay J.
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"Great data query tool"

What do you like best?

It is a good tool to query data from s3.

Its is easy to use.

What do you dislike?

its little slower as compared to athena.

Recommendations to others considering the product

try out POC with Athena.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We query petabytes of data from S3. The queries are complex and fetch heavy data from s3 buckets. qubole provides a good tool to achieve this.

Qubole review by User
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"Using Qubole has been a good, but slightly hard to use experience"

What do you like best?

I like that Qubole exists on web. It makes sharing queries easy. It's also helpful to have access to other users' queries.

What do you dislike?

I found discoverability difficult when first using Qubole. It's impossible to search among all of the schemas. It's also not possible to save drafts of queries or switch back and forth between two queries quickly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Qubole makes it possible for many people to access the data they care about within the company. It's made setup for casual users much easier as they don't need to install/configure desktop software.

Qubole review by Stephen R.
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"Very nice tool to mange EMR clusters and User Interface"

What do you like best?

Qubole allows more users access to the Data using sql like interface.

What do you dislike?

I do not really like the autoscaling of the clusters behind the UI. The new cluster UI is taking me a moment to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have very large amounts of data that were not really accessible by the data analyst.

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"Qubole great for s3 querying, data movement, spark code development, data manipulation job execution"

What do you like best?

Notebook is great for manipulating s3 data in all kinds of ways. I develop spark scala code, test it, then create scheduler job to run it. I can query files for specific rows, or counts of specific data in parquet or avro.

What do you dislike?

Notebooks are not hooked up to git because the security setup is not simple and our company has not set it up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Provide continuous training of new users, they're always coming on board, but need qubole education.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data pipeline code development. Fast turnaround with spark scala repl acting on s3 data.

Qubole review by Christopher F.
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"Qubole and Big Data"

What do you like best?

The ability ti switch languages to access the data!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it bounces the cursor up to the top of the notebook. Also not having seeing line numbers as default.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Able to set defaults and fix the bug where the cursor shoots to the top of the notebook

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing ETL scripts for enterprise level data sets.

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"Qubole is great to use with AWS except.."

What do you like best?

i like the interface, unlike AWS. some of the users within my team are not technical so Qubole make it easy to use for some user

What do you dislike?

i am having hard time when dealing with file permission within the qubole environment. i understand i can set S3 permission in aws but not within qubole environment among the qubole users

Recommendations to others considering the product

customer support has a lot of room to grow and documentation can be improved

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we solved a lot of different thing, using jupyter workbook and explore tab for various task

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"Big Data Processing Platform With Easy On-boarding For Engineers & Data Scientists"

What do you like best?

Qubole has a very intuitive user interface for data scientist to run queries as well as spark jobs. It also provides in-built Notebooks that help data scientists to experiment and obtain results at a fast pace without worrying about the infrastructure setup.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes opening the spark UI of a running spark application takes longer than expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the pricing of the EC2 instances that are used in the cluster. The prices are a bit more than the prices offered by AWS itself.

Another thing to consider would be that not all EC2 types are supported by Qubole.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Qubole to extract, transform & load all the data related to customer bookings (which includes PII & PCI data) and also data related to chargebacks received from the banks.

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"Managed clusters, storage (S3), data, tables and notebooks at one place, but unstable."

What do you like best?

1. Manage clusters means I don't need to worry too much about them.

2. I can easily access and save my data in S3

3. Accessing data in Hive tables from my notebook is quick and easy

4. Qubole representatives are quick to respond to our trouble tickets

What do you dislike?

Unstable clusters - we have at least a couple of problems with the clusters once a month

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Customer analytics with big data. Processing big data for my projects is seamless and fast with Spark and Hive tables.

Qubole review by Aileen R.
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"Engineer who uses qubole to host data processing jobs"

What do you like best?

love the notebook functionality that allows me to test my code or run queries.

What do you dislike?

I can be a little confusing to navigate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Big data querying, analysis, and aggregating. It has helped me run some large scale analyses on the product I work on, helping point out inefficiencies or weak areas.

Qubole review by Akash  G.
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"Spark job logs readability is issue and time consuming"

What do you like best?

All components of development environment are integrated together which provide good development experience.

What do you dislike?

While running jobs we can monitor logs with some dashboard having filters for exception, error name, exception type. Similar to the way we monitor splunk logs.

Currently we have to go to the pain of going to driver executor once the job is completed and then figure out our issues in code.

For jobs which run longer monitoring jobs is issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly Recommended

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing data analytics platform pipeline. Handling TB's of data each day.

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"Qubole as a data lake "

What do you like best?

Integrated environment to access Hive queries, notebooks and presto in single view, instead of installing multiple tools to access the data in the environment. Ability to integrate with Github and promote from lower to higher environment

What do you dislike?

Ability to multi-task/parallelize note book runs without taking the hit on spin up time to create a session per request

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using Qubole as a data lake to bring all of the firms data into one place to support different use cases

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"Good but somewhat unreliable"

What do you like best?

The tool allows for the analysis of large amounts of data. If you know SQL you can work with Qubole. Scala would be a plus.

What do you dislike?

My clusters sometimes seem unreliable. There are scripts set to run on startup that just don't get kicked off 1/5 times causing me to have to restart the cluster

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to track attributes in a data base over time for analysis. We write back the results to be shown in dashboards

Qubole review by Shlomi U.
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"Very intuitive platform, great support and robust api"

What do you like best?

Auto scale of clusters, support engineers are specialized in big data

What do you dislike?

Notebooks can't be addited offline, can't run single node process

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure the support engineers can assist your needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data analysis and filtering on terabytes of data. Good performance

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" self-service qubole"

What do you like best?

self-service, automatic learning and analysis is what this company allows you, it gives you the option of being able to base a data i

What do you dislike?

his automatic learning has a flaw in the sense that gives error after a series of basic commands and starts to give errors everything started

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work in simple and orderly language so you do not have loss of data or base

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are verifying a data base and with qubole to place an automatic data annex system

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"All my spark in one platform!"

What do you like best?

I like I have a lot of options to do with my data. I can create Hive tables, run automated jobs with apis and set up my own notebooks.

What do you dislike?

UI could be a little better. I find some configuration params a little difficult to locate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best affordable big data platform!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Handling data with Spark at one place and that's amazing. We collaborate a lot and if I have to share some results or debug a job, it's super easy.

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"Clunky UX"

What do you like best?

I like saved queries & history feature. I very often need to reference results elsewhere

What do you dislike?

-sorting output only sorts on first 100 rows, not on all of the data.

-downloading data is buried in a dropdown

-its not terribly clear when you are editing an existing query vs creating a new one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

analyzing volume, quality of data on my website. i have increased the quality and quantity as a result.

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"Great tool for Data management and analytics "

What do you like best?

Ability to connect and query S3 data sources and access different languages in one place

What do you dislike?

The main issue is that search doesn't work so well

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have data in different sources and want to use different types of query engines then it is good for you

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analysing email performance. These tables are very large and running these queries in the cloud makes them a lot quicker especially using presto

Qubole review by Yaroslav T.
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"Very easy to use data platform"

What do you like best?

With Qubole I really like the simplicity of UI as well as a very powerful backend - I can select a variety of execution engines like Hive, Presto, Spark, etc. and get going in seconds.

What do you dislike?

I think Notebooks can be improved. Stream processing capabilities are also missing right now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data engineering / platform / ETL. Qubole provides solid foundation as well as allows other teams and departments to access the data through the unified UI.

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"Strong Platform capabilities, needs more polish"

What do you like best?

Capable of delivering stable platform to massive warehousing needs; the ability to customized workloads and resources to different analytical tasks has made for a flexible development environment

What do you dislike?

Not new-user friendly, and lacking documentation around python sdk usage. While the Analyze interface has improved, I find myself still wanting a stand-alone tool not bound to a browser; a lack of query tabs is a big miss here.

Recommendations to others considering the product

not sure

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Qubole to access large amounts of data for gameplay analysis and answering complex analytical questions. I also use it to feed data to reporting toolsets for automating parts of the analysis / data monitoring process.

Qubole review by Ravi S.
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"Once place for all queries a tool for analytics person "

What do you like best?

- Easy interface

- One place to manage all your queries

What do you dislike?

- Need to work on export features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Analyzing raw logs

- Generating insights that help boost campaign performance

Qubole review by Hicham E.
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"Simple and reliable"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the tool, as querying user

The possibility of consuming the results programmatically

What do you dislike?

The main pain point I have with Qubole, is its performance, it has a tendency of running slower when executing queries, compared with AWS Athena (both using Presto SQL), Athena is much faster

The other concern is cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to aggregate multiple datasets and make sense of them, in order to make guided business decisions

Qubole review by dharan s.
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"Qubole"

What do you like best?

Qubole helps my job easier like creating hive SQL and Spark Jobs. I used to create more than one query in Notepad

What do you dislike?

Qubole is a very slow performance. It takes ages to provide results

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, Useful product for to handle the Hive Queries

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps to view the Query results and. It also helps to create more than one query which helps to solve a business problem

Qubole review by Lakshmi M.
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"Extremely developer friendly"

What do you like best?

Its develoepr friendly. iTS easy to write and test code in the notebook.

What do you dislike?

qubole slowness sometimes causes application to break. we get pagerduties and need to restart baston node.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

writing big data applications

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"Great Product for data analytics"

What do you like best?

- Easy to use, expressive syntax.

- Is scalable to bid data.

- Has a rest api to start jobs and read results.

What do you dislike?

- I wish there was a way to generate graphs and plot data, to see trends

- No good realtime capability

- Sometimes it not easy to figure out how to tune a job and speedup the query.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Data Analytics

- Error Monitoring

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