Spark users want convenience in the cloud — here are new ways they may get it

Over the course of the last couple of years, Apache Spark has enjoyed explosive growth in both usage and mind share. These days, any self-respecting big data offering is obliged to either connect to or make use of it.

Now comes the hard part: Turning Spark into a commodity. More than that, it has to live up to its promise of being the most convenient, versatile, and fast-moving data processing framework around.

There are two obvious ways to do that in this cloud-centric world: Host Spark as a service or build connectivity to Spark into an existing service. Several such approaches were unveiled this week at Spark Summit 2016, and they say as much about the companies offering them as they do Spark’s meteoric ascent

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