AWS Glue is a serverless data integration service that expedites data modernization. There are some tasks that fall under the Extract, Transform and Load set up functions and are collectively referred to as ETL tasks. Data engineers and DataOps spend a large portion of their time in constructing ETL pipelines. This requires a considerable amount of expertise and energy. This is where AWS Glue steps into the picture, as a fully operated cloud service that caters options for the simple extraction of data along with its loading, transformation and automatization of ETL processes.
What Do You Need to Know About AWS Glue’s Capabilities?
Let’s take a look at what makes AWS Glue such a hit.
1. Streaming Assistance
Dealing with data streams is a critical part of any business administration and is increasing with each passing day. AWS Glue is a great tool for when you need to deal with things in a streaming approach. The job scheduler is set to trigger a job whenever and event occurs, automating this task. Whenever this happens data is processed in the ETL pipeline. It is similar to the streaming process because it can be recognized as a stream. This allows you to work with a number of data sources at the same time even streaming and batch.
2. Coordinating the Schedule for AWS Glue Jobs
It is possible to establish a schedule for AWS Glue jobs on a daily basis. The option to jumpstart ETL transformations as a result of specific events or on-demand is convenient for users. Jobs have the potential to restart in the event of errors and automatically send a log to Amazon CloudWatch seeing as the two are integrated.
3. Endpoints for Developers
Aside from the ability to create code for the ETL pipelines it is also possible to edit code depending on the needs that arise. Easy to work with endpoints are set in place for developers who can use them as they work with the code. This also allows them to set up customized libraries that can serve as reference for other developers.
4. Cleaning and Replicating Data
The two steps of purifying and duplicating data are crucial pre-processing stages when it comes to analyzing data. AWS Glue can help with this, by using algorithms to identify data that has been replicated. The user only needs to provide a sample set of labelled data and the model will be trained on this before being integrated in the ETL job.
5. Automated Data Schema Recognition
AWS Glue is equipped to immediately identify the schema for your data. It does so by using crawlers that deconstruct the data and its targets. This is convenient because users are not required to design the schema for their data separately which is one of the most complicated aspects of the ETL process.
6. Automatic ETL Code Synthesis
This is possibly one of the most important functionalities, it allows users to allocate the source of data as well as its destination, while AWS Glue creates the code on Python or Scala for the whole ETL pipeline. Required data enrichment can be handled by the created code also. The code is congruent with Apache Spark which allows you to work simultaneously on dense workloads.
7. AWS Glue Data Collation
This ability enables the establishment of high-quality data queries and transformations. This data catalogue houses metadata that is linked to the data you hope to work with. It entails process outlines and data tables, automatically logs in partitions, maintains a record of data schema alterations as well as additional control information pertaining to the entire ETL situation. This is an inevitable element allowing AWS Glue to work as well as it does.
In part 2 of this blog series
we will cover other main capabilities of AWS Glue as well as when to use it and when not to use it.
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