The update centers on providing better usability and access to new features that include resizing a cluster by adding or removing instances; cloning a cluster; running Hadoop 2; and targeting a specific availability zone.
The EMR console to configure clusters is now on one page:
A developer can choose between multiple versions of Hadoop and MapR:
The cluster list has also been improved:
AWS is notorious for its complexity and usability. The model is to provide the bare minimum and let the user add AWS or third-party services for their deployments. But with the acceptance of cloud computing from the overall market, there comes a higher bar for the way a service is presented.
“The new Elastic MapReduce console is a great step forward towards better usability, an area where AWS has struggled in the past,” said Jeff Martens, co-founder and CEO at CPUsage in an email interview with me today. CPUsage is a platform as a service that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt. “Kudos to the team in Seattle. I hope this is a sign of more to come, especially for some of the other products in their siloed eco-system which desperately need UI and UX improvements.”
AWS executives made a point last year at AWS re:Invent of stressing their commitment to the enterprise market. That’s a challenge for AWS as competing providers like Google offer managed services that abstract the complexity that comes with using cloud services.