Gartner Research

Assessing Cloud-Based Big Data Services: Amazon EMR vs. Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Published: 15 February 2017

ID: G00317100

Analyst(s): Jason Lewis


Cloud-based big data services offer impressive capabilities like rapid provisioning, massive scalability and simplified management. This research helps technical professionals evaluate and choose between the leading cloud-based, managed Hadoop frameworks: Amazon EMR and Microsoft Azure HDInsight.

Table Of Contents



  • Overview — Amazon Web Services and Amazon EMR
  • Overview — Microsoft Azure HDInsight
  • BDaaS Architecture
  • Comparing Amazon EMR and Microsoft Azure HDInsight
    • Amazon EMR Architecture
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight Architecture
  • Distributions and Packaging
    • Hadoop Distribution — EMR
    • Hadoop Distribution — HDInsight
  • Setup and Provisioning
    • Amazon EMR Setup and Provisioning
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight Setup and Provisioning
  • Management and Monitoring
    • Amazon EMR Management and Monitoring
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight Management and Monitoring
  • Storage
    • AWS — Storage Types for EMR Clusters
    • Microsoft Azure — Storage Types for HDInsight Clusters
  • Security
    • Amazon EMR Security
    • Azure HDInsight Security
  • Support
    • Amazon EMR Support
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight Support
  • Migration and Integration Strategies
    • Amazon EMR Migration and Integration
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight Migration and Integration
  • Pricing and Billing
    • Amazon EMR Pricing and Billing
    • Microsoft Azure Pricing and Billing
  • Overall Platform — Integration Options


  • Take a Cloud-First Approach to Big Data
  • Evaluate Existing Investments in AWS or Azure
  • Choose Amazon EMR for AWS Platform Integration
  • Choose Azure HDInsight for Microsoft or Microsoft Azure Integration
  • Conduct a Proof of Concept
  • Minimize Customization and Embrace Managed Services
  • Create an End-to-End Data and Analytics Architecture

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