Big Data Update – New Blog and New Web-Based Training
The topic of big data comes up almost every time I meet with current or potential AWS customers. They want to store, process, and extract meaning from data sets that seemingly grow in size with every meeting.
In order to help our customers to understand the full spectrum of AWS resources that are available for use on their big data problems, we are introducing two new resources — a new AWS Big Data Blog and web-based training on Big Data Technology Fundamentals.
AWS Big Data Blog
The AWS Big Data Blog is a way for data scientists and developers to learn big data best practices, discover which managed AWS Big Data services are the best fit for their use case, and help them get started on AWS big data services. Our goal is to make this the hub for developers to discover new ways to collect, store, clean, process, and visualize data at any scale.
Readers will find short tutorials with code samples, case studies that demonstrate the unique benefits of doing big data on AWS, new feature announcements, partner- and customer-generated demos and tutorials, and tips and best practices for using AWS big data services.
The first two posts on the blog show you how to Build a Recommender with Apache Mahout on Amazon Elastic MapReduce and how to Power Gaming Applications with Amazon DynamoDB.
Big Data Training
If you are looking for a structured way to learn more about the tools, techniques, and options available to you as you learn more about big data, our new web-based Big Data Technology Fundamentals course should be of interest to you.
You should plan to spend about three hours going through this course. You will first learn how to identify common tools and technologies that can be used to create big data solutions. Then you will gain an understanding of the MapReduce framework, including the map, shuffle and sort, and reduce components. Finally, you will learn how to use the Pig and Hive programming frameworks to analyze and query large amounts of data.
You will need a working knowledge of programming in Java, C#, or a similar language in order to fully benefit from this training course.
The web-based course is offered at no charge, and can be used on its own or to prepare for our instructor-led Big Data on AWS course.