Nothing beats the opportunity to test drive a product before making the decision to buy. With that in mind, MapR Technologies, Inc. has announced that several MapR partners have integrated technologies with the MapR data platform and made them freely available for education, demonstration, and evaluation purposes via Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test Drive for Big Data.

The firm announced that AWS Test Drives for Dataguise DgSecure, HPE Vertica, Apache Drill, and TIBCO Spotfire are available now.

“AWS Test Drives for Big Data provide private IT sandbox environments containing preconfigured server-based solutions,” a company spokesperson explained. “In under an hour, and using a step-by-step lab manual and video, customers can launch, login, and learn about popular third-party big data IT solutions, powered by AWS CloudFormation.”

“AWS provides a highly scalable platform where customers can easily spin up MapR clusters,” said Matt Lescohier, senior director of business development at MapR Technologies. “MapR is the only Hadoop distribution on the AWS Cloud that is available as an option on Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), AWS Marketplace, and now via AWS Test Drive. These AWS Test Drive offerings add value for our ecosystem partners by showcasing the performance, reliability, and scale our combined solutions provide to customers.”

Lescohier explains that Dataguise “precisely detects and protects sensitive information to safely unlock the benefits of big data.’ He noted that users can quickly and easily start-up a sandbox with MapR and DgSecure pre-installed and pre-configured. Users are taken through a tutorial of DgSecure that covers sensitive data detection, masking and encryption.

HPE Vertica’s SQL analytics engine is aimed at helping businesses explore and analyze the vast amounts of data stored in Hadoop data lakes. With this AWS Test Drive, users can create a functional three-node cluster and install Vertica’s SQL analytics database co-located within the MapR Hadoop environment. Users have four hours to evaluate and query Hadoop ORCFile formatted data via standard ANSI SQL statements.

Lescohier also says the AWS Test Drive demonstrates the ease of querying complex data and discovering schemas on-the-fly with Apache Drill, and finding business insights and creating professional looking dashboards using Spotfire.

“Sample data-sets and a demo are provided that highlight these capabilities in an interactive experience that involves a fully functional three-node Hadoop cluster and Spotfire,” he concludes.

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