Amazon Web Services Validates Databricks for its Competency in Big Data Processing

By CIOReview | Thursday, December 31, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark, announces that it has achieved the AWS Big Data Competency from Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its overall AWS implementation, customer success, and technical expertise of working with data productively at any scale. In addition, the company also announces a new deployment of Databricks in the financial technology sector with LendUp, a company that builds technology to expand access to credit, to develop innovative machine learning models for lending business.

Achieving AWS Competency Program Validation

The AWS Competency Program validates the Databricks end-to-end platform for Big Data processing that delivers unparalleled flexibility and scalability at an affordable cost through the AWS Cloud. It is designed to highlight partners of AWS Partner network (APN) who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. Attaining an AWS Competency allows partners to differentiate themselves to customers by showcasing expertise in a specific solution area. Being recognized as one of the AWS "Big Data - Advanced Analytics" Partner Solutions, Databricks validates the value of its data platform for its customers.

The latest achievement is an addition to Databricks’ earlier recognition as an Advanced Technology Partner in the APN for providing technical, marketing, and go-to-market support for AWS-based businesses. The company’s cloud-based integrated workspace for Big Data powered by Apache Spark is an active open source project in the Big Data ecosystem. The platform lets users turn data into value without the hassle of managing complex infrastructure, systems and tools.

Databricks’ Deployment in the Financial Sector

Databricks enables LendUp to speed up feature extraction by replacing the single instance machine with highly tuned Apache Spark clusters. It also provides critical capabilities to build sophisticated machine learning models in an integrated workspace, replacing a host of disjointed tools and eliminating the need to maintain expensive custom solutions. As a result of deploying Databricks, LendUp can more readily advance their core mission and infuse its credit models with more diverse and larger volumes of semi-structured data that can be generated within a short time.

"It's an honor to be recognized as an Advanced Technology Partner, as well as achieving the AWS Big Data Competency - another significant milestone in our relationship with AWS. While our customers discover new opportunities for capturing value from their big data, this competency validates the Databricks end-to-end platform, by delivering unparalleled flexibility and scalability, at an affordable cost, through the AWS Cloud," says Kavitha Mariappan, vice president of marketing, Databricks.