Databricks Launches Free Community Edition As Companion To Free Online Spark Courses

Databricks, the commercial company created from the open source Apache Spark project, announced the release of a free Community Edition today aimed at teaching people how to use Spark — and as an adjunct to the free online courses (MOOCs) it created last year.The free version is a limited edition without all of the advanced features you would find in the enterprise-pay version. The company is providing a single Spark “micro-instance” for anyone interested in learning how to work with the big data processing tool. The MOOCs were amazingly popular with 50,000 people starting the course and a full 20,000 going all the way through to completion including all the labs and tests, Ali Ghodsi, CEO and co-founder at Databricks explained. When the company saw this level of interest in learning about Spark, it decided to…


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