Charities can gain an introduction on how to use big data for free after Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, announced the release of Community Edition, a fee-free version of the cloud-based big data platform aimed at teaching people how to use Spark.
The service will provide users with access to a micro-cluster as well as a cluster manager and notebook environment, making it ideal for developers, data scientists, data engineers and other IT professionals to learn Spark.
The free version is expected to provide access to basic features without all of the advanced elements you would get in the paid for version.
Accessibility to the broader community will be admitted over the coming months, with general availability planned for the end of quarter two this year.
According to the 2015 Spark Survey, Spark adoption is rapidly growing as IT professionals leverage the engine to make data processing easy and accessible. As founders of Apache Spark and the largest contributor to Spark development, Databricks aims to open doors for IT professionals through Community Edition by making it easy for them to get started with Spark.
“As developers at heart, we find value in empowering professionals to tackle big data problems, and as a result, we are committed to the development of the Spark engine and the healthy growth of the community,” said Ion Stoica, executive chairman at Databricks. “We’re happy to contribute back to the community by releasing Community Edition of Databricks for free and we’re excited to see how users experiment with the platform.”
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