Cloudera Altus (launched in May 2017) is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that enables users to analyze and process data at scale in public cloud infrastructures. Altus was designed from the outset to support multiple clouds from the perspective of both back-end architecture and front-end workflows. With the announcement of Microsoft Azure support, Altus will be able to support data engineering workloads in Microsoft Azure, with the same Altus interfaces for API and CLI,
With modern businesses dealing with an ever-increasing volume of data, and an expanding set of data sources, the data engineering process that enables analysis, visualization, and reporting only becomes more important.
When considering running data engineering workloads in the public cloud, there are capabilities which enable different operational models from on-premises deployments. The key factors here are the presence of a distinct storage layer within the cloud environment, and the ability to provision compute resources on-demand (e.g.: with Amazon’s S3 and EC2 respectively).