Public cloud usage for large-scale data processing is rapidly increasing, and running data engineering workloads in the cloud is becoming easier and more cost effective. Compute engines have adapted to leverage cloud infrastructure, including object storage and elastic compute. For example, Hive, Spark, Impala, and HBase compute engines are able to read input from and write output directly to AWS S3 and Azure Data Lake storage. Moreover, these read and write paths have been optimized for fast processing speeds, lowering the overall cost of running a job. In addition, platform as a service offerings for data processing in the cloud have evolved to minimize the operational overhead of clusters, enabling end users to focus on developing, running, and troubleshooting jobs.
It is important for end users to be able to implement data pipeline workflows that seamlessly transition from one stage of the data pipeline to the next. Data engineering, a workload that transforms raw data at scale into clean structured data, is run prior to most analytic and operational database use cases. Vinithra Varadharajan, Philip Langdale, Jason Wang, and Fahd Siddiqui lead a deep dive into running data engineering workloads in a managed service capacity in the public cloud, highlighting cloud infrastructure best practices and illustrating how data engineering workloads interoperate with data analytic engines.
Vinithra Varadharajan is an engineering manager in the cloud organization at Cloudera, where she is responsible for products such as Cloudera Director and Cloudera’s usage-based billing service. Previously, Vinithra was a software engineer at Cloudera, working on Cloudera Director and Cloudera Manager with a focus on automating Hadoop lifecycle management.
Philip Langdale is the engineering lead for cloud at Cloudera. He joined the company as one of the first engineers building Cloudera Manager and served as an engineering lead for that project until moving to working on cloud products. Previously, Philip worked at VMware, developing various desktop virtualization technologies. Philip holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jason is a software engineer at Cloudera focusing on the cloud.
Fahd Siddiqui is a software engineer at Cloudera, where he’s working on cloud products, such as Cloudera Altus and Cloudera Director. Previously, Fahd worked at Bazaarvoice developing EmoDB, an open source data store built on top of Cassandra. His interests include highly scalable and distributed systems. He holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
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