Ultimate Hadoop Migration Guide

Modernize your data lake strategy with 10x the performance at a fraction of the cost

Why a modern data lake?

Hadoop is a popular open-source framework for storing and processing large-scale data on-premises. However, Hadoop comes with many practical challenges, such as high maintenance costs, complex administration, scalability issues, and a lack of cloud-native features. 

The modern data lake is a cost-effective, performant, and future data architecture that is built on an open foundation. A modern data lake strategy can help simplify and streamline the migration from Hadoop to the cloud. With Starburst, organizations can migrate from Hadoop to the cloud faster, more easily, and cheaply.


Why Starburst?

Interactive analytics at petabyte scale

Starburst Galaxy is powered by open source Trino and is designed for analyzing large and complex data sets in and around your cloud data lake – from gigabyte to petabyte scale.

  • Run internet-scale SQL workloads with the power of Trino
  • Accelerate interactive queries 40%+ with Warp Speed – proprietary smart indexing and caching technology
  • Run long-running workloads without the fear of query failure using fault-tolerant execution

Intuitive and powerful user experience

Gravity is a universal discovery, governance, and sharing layer in Starburst Galaxy that enables the management of all your data assets through a easy-to-use interface.

  • Find data that already exists faster and only spend compute resources on net new data requests
  • Secure data based on any input – where it lives, how it is structured, what it contains, or which teams it is relevant to
  • Streamline sharing and collaboration between producers and consumers via data products

Single point of access and governance

Every data store is a first-class entity in Starburst Galaxy. Use the architecture that meets your needs today and easily change it when new needs emerge.

  • Connect to 20+ cloud data sources
  • Optimized for Apache Iceberg but works with all modern table and file formats, including Delta Lake and Apache Hudi
  • Analyze your data cross-region and cross-cloud (coming soon) from a single query

5 key considerations for a successful migration

Evaluate current environment

Begin with assessing your existing Hadoop setup, introducing Trino as the compute engine. Analyze data specifics, workflows, dependencies, and desired outcomes to define project scope and objectives.

Select cloud platform

Compare cloud options based on features, compatibility, and costs. Match these with migration goals to identify the optimal cloud solution, potentially spanning multiple platforms.

Design cloud architecture

Map out storage, compute, and analytics layers. Choose scalable storage (e.g., Azure Data Lake, Amazon S3), compute service (Trino and Hive), analytics tools, and account for security, governance, and observability.

Plan data migration

Prioritize batch migration over simultaneous transfer for efficiency. Minimize disruption, monitor the process, and ensure business continuity by maintaining data federations between legacy and new systems.

Agile migration execution

Prepare data by cleansing, transforming, and validating it. Choose migration tools like Azure Copy, AWS Transfer, or BigQuery Data Transfer, and ensure incremental data movement for accuracy. Consider managed options or manual scripts.

“Gartner clients have described plans to replace broad, complex suites of jobs running against large, optimized data warehouses by “moving it to Hadoop.” Not surprisingly, many of these projects have not succeeded.”

Merv Adrian and Rick Greenwald, Gartner

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  • Query your data lake fast with Starburst's best-in-class MPP SQL query engine
  • Get up and running in less than 5 minutes
  • Easily deploy clusters in AWS, Azure and Google Cloud
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