Spark Streaming: What Is It and Who’s Using It?

A recent study of over 1,400 Spark users conducted by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Spark, showed that compared to 2014, 56 percent more Spark users globally ran Spark Streaming applications in 2015. Additionally, 48 percent of survey respondents noted Spark Streaming as their most-used Spark component.Spark Streaming’s ever-growing user base consists of household names like Uber, Netflix, and Pinterest. This article explores why and how hundreds of companies are leveraging Spark Streaming to accelerate their business requirements. The Need for Streaming Analytics The common saying, “every company is now a software company” equates to companies collecting more data than ever and wanting to get value from that data in real-time. Sensors, IoT devices, social networks, and online transactions are all generating data that needs to be…

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