|Google Launches Cloud Dataproc|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 02 October 2015|
Google has launched a beta version of Google Cloud Dataproc, a service which will provide an alternative way to manage Hadoop and Spark more quickly and easily.
Google continues to expand its range of cloud services for working with Big Data, see Google Announces Big Data the Cloud Way. Now available in beta, Cloud Dataproc is a managed Spark and Hadoop service that lets you use open source data tools for batch processing, querying, streaming, and machine learning. The aim is to let you you create clusters quickly, manage them easily, and save money by turning clusters off when you don't need them.
The service can be used from three clusters up to hundreds of clusters, and is priced at 1 cent per virtual CPU in your cluster per hour on top of the usual cost of running virtual machines and data storage. The clusters can include preemptible instances that have lower compute prices, and you’re charged using minute-by-minute billing with a ten-minute-minimum billing period. The claim is you’ll be able to start, scale, and shutdown in 90 seconds or less.
The service comes with built-in integration with other Google Cloud Platform services, such as BigQuery, Cloud Storage, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Logging, and Cloud Monitoring. You can interact with clusters and Spark or Hadoop jobs through the Google Developers Console, the Google Cloud SDK, or the Cloud Dataproc REST API. When you're done with a cluster, it can be turned off to save money, and data is safe because Cloud Dataproc is integrated with Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and Cloud Bigtable. A free 60-day trial of the Google Cloud Platform is available.
The fact the service is based around Spark and Hadoop and the other elements of the ecosystem such as Pig and Hive, developers will be able to begin work without needing to learn new tools or APIs, and existing projects or ETL pipelines can be moved to the new service without redevelopment.
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