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AWS Glue vs Alteryx Designer vs Skyvia

AWS Glue and Alteryx Designer both offer a data integration solution. Compare the features and benefits, data sources and destinations, and see which meets your needs. Look at the side-by-side comparison chart of the two data integration solutions.

Look at the side-by-side comparison chart

AWS Glue

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Alteryx Designer

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Skyvia

About the Services

AWS Glue

AWS Glue is a serverless data integration tool from Amazon. It helps you extract data from other cloud services offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Then, incorporate it into data lakes and data warehouses. It offers a cost-efficient way to process data for good use in analytics and machine learning. AWS Glue provides a performance-optimized infrastructure for running Apache Spark for data integration. It supports batch and stream processing. And it speeds up data ingestion, processing, and integration.

AWS Glue covers various data integration scenarios. This includes ETL, ELT, reverse ETL, data ingestion, and replication.

AWS Glue encrypts all customer data at rest using industry-standard encryption algorithms. AWS Glue also provides customers with fine-grained access control over their metadata. It is compliant with various security standards such as SOC 1/2/3, PCI DSS Level 1, and HIPAA Eligible Service.

Alteryx Designer

Alteryx Designer claims to be an all-in-one tool. That is from data preparation to analytics. And G2 and Gartner report positive feedback from end users. Alteryx as a company started in 1997 and became one of the trusted data platforms by known brands. It has various products, including Alteryx Designer Desktop and Cloud.

Alteryx Designer allows you to blend, prep, and analyze your data. Coding is optional, and the tool offers drag-and-drop capabilities. It’s good to see reviews from other users for specifics because some say that it’s easy, but others say there’s a steep learning curve. And note that the Desktop Edition is for Windows only. So, Mac and Linux users are out of the picture.

If you need to switch between Desktop and Cloud and back, it is not possible for now. Because the 2 Editions are 2 separate tools. You can’t migrate your workflows from the Desktop to the Cloud and vice-versa. You need to create them from scratch. That’s why you need to choose between the two and stick with your choice.

Alteryx implemented many measures to ensure the safety of customer data. They have earned certifications like HIPAA, SOC 1 and 2, and GDPR compliance.

Skyvia

Skyvia is a no-code cloud data integration platform for many data integration scenarios. It’s an all-rounder tool for ETL, ELT, Reverse ETL, data migration, one-way and bi-directional data sync, workflow automation, and more. Devart launched this fantastic product in 2014 for cloud data integration and backup.

Skyvia offers more than 160 ready-made data connectors. These are available for thousands of free users, including 2000+ paid customers. Big names like Hyundai and General Electric trust Skyvia to process their data. Its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface suits both IT professionals and business users. And don’t take our word for it. Listen to G2 reviewers about how easy it is to start and work with it. Data integration experts who used other tools can adapt with little to no help from support.

Skyvia has flexible pricing plans perfect for small startups and large enterprises. So, it makes it applicable to businesses of all sizes. Also, Skyvia’s freemium model allows users to start using it now and then decide if they need to upgrade later.

The safety of your data is also our prime concern. So, we hosted it in Microsoft Azure cloud, providing the best data security and privacy. It complies with a wide set of security standards, including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and many others.

AWS GlueAlteryx DesignerSkyvia
FocusETL, ELT, Reverse ETL, streaming.ETL, Data PrepData ingestion, ELT, ETL, reverse ETL, data sync, workflow automation.
Skill levelLow-code, no-code solutions
Or, coding in Python or Scala on complex scenarios.
Low-code, no-code solutions.
Python skills for complex scenarios.
No-code and easy to use wizard.
SourcesJDBC-compatible connectors and Amazon ecosystem connectors.80+160+
DestinationsSupported data sources.Supported data sources.Supported data sources, including databases, data warehouses, cloud apps and flat files.
Database replicationFull and incremental load.Full or incremental load.Full table and incremental via change data capture.
Ability for customers to add new data sourcesAPI for creating custom connectors.Through Alteryx Connector SDK.Yes, by request or using REST API connector.
G2 customer satisfaction4.2 out of 5
94 reviews
4.5 out of 5
284 reviews
4.7 out of 5
167 Reviews
Peer Insights satisfaction4.2
173 Ratings
4.5
59 Ratings
4.8
87 Ratings
Developer toolsAWS Glue Studio, Console, CLI, and API.CLI.
Alteryx API/SDK.
REST connector for data sources that have REST API.
Advanced ETL capabilitiesJob bookmarking, parallel execution.Predictive analytics and machine learning.Visual ETL data pipeline designer with data orchestration capabilities.
Compliance and security certificationsSOC 1/2/3, HIPAA, GDPR, ISO 27001, 27017, and 27018, PCI DSS.ISO 27001, SOC 2 Type 2, GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA
Privacy Shield
TrustArc Certified Privacy Seal
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Star Level 1/2
Available to Alteryx Designer Cloud
HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS.
ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (by Azure).
Purchase processUse the free trial or talk to sales.Use the free trial and talk to sales.Self-service or sales.
Vendor lock-inPay-as-you-go.
No minimum contract term.
Renewable annual contracts.Monthly or annual contracts.
PricingPay-as-you-go.
No minimum contract term.
Pricing is different depending on the Edition.
Contact sales for more information.
Unspecified period of free trial.
Volume-based and feature-based pricing. Freemium model allows to start with a free plan.

Connectors

AWS Glue

AWS Glue supports the following connection types:

• JDBC-compatible data sources,
• Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS),
• Amazon Redshift,
• Amazon DocumentDB,
• Kafka,
• MongoDB,
• MongoDB Atlas.

But there’s no mention of the latest number of data connectors available for AWS Glue.

AWS Glue provides an API for creating custom connectors. With this, you can connect to data sources unknown to AWS Glue.

Alteryx Designer

Alteryx Designer supports over 80 data connectors. It includes data on cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. And popular databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.

You can use the Alteryx Connector SDK to create a custom connector. This allows customers to connect to any data source. This means you need a knack for Python programming to create custom connectors.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers more than 160 connectors, and more to come very soon. It supports connectors for CRMs, accounting, email marketing, e-commerce, human resources, marketing automation, payment processing, product management, all major databases and DWH, flat files, and more. It’s also not a problem whether your data is on-premise or in the cloud.

You can access your on-premise data with peace of mind using the Skyvia Agent. It allows you to connect to databases like SQL Server, MySQL, and more using an encrypted connection. You need to download the Skyvia Agent and install it. Then, download a secured key file and place it in the same folder as the Agent. The Agent is like an unbreakable metal door, and you use the key file to open that door to your on-premise data. You can also set it up so that Skyvia can access only the resources you specify and nothing else.

Customers can also leave a request for a new data connector. And Skyvia will prioritize building it without additional payment.

Transformation

AWS Glue

AWS Glue can generate ETL code to transform source data into target schemas. Its graphical user interface (GUI) supports various types of transformations. These include handling missing values, filtering, mapping, aggregating, pivoting, and more.

If you prefer to code your transformations, AWS Glue supports Python and Scala.

Alteryx Designer

With Alteryx Designer, you can perform a wide range of transformations. Be it filtering, sorting, aggregating, pivoting, and more. The software also supports data profiling and cleansing.

You can perform data transformations in Alteryx Designer using a drag-and-drop interface. Some of the transformations are the Formula, Multi-Field Formula, and Cross Tab. It makes it easy to transform data without coding. But for complex scenarios, you can code using Python or SQL, or do machine learning.

Skyvia

Skyvia is a full-featured ETL service that allows powerful data transformations. It is a no-code solution allowing data splitting, conversion, lookups, and many more.

You can use the Skyvia Data Flow and Control Flow for advanced data pipelines. Transformations for these advanced pipelines are flexible. It supports extending your data with new columns, conditional flows, and summarized values. And all these you can do with parameters, variables, and more for flexibility without code.

Moreover, Skyvia has an Expression Builder to build formulas with many functions. With this, you can convert or extract parts of the data or form new values to suit your needs. And if you love coding in SQL, Skyvia can further extend your transformation needs. It supports multiple joins, groupings, CASE expressions, and more in SELECT queries. And you can also use DML commands like INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE.

Support

AWS Glue

AWS Glue provides different levels of support for its customers. These include Basic, Developer, Business, and Enterprise.

Basic support is free. And this includes access to AWS Trusted Advisor and AWS Personal Health Dashboard.

Developer support includes all Basic support features, then add a 12-hour response time resolution of cases.

Business support includes all Developer support features, plus 1-hour response time for cases and Infrastructure Event Management.

Enterprise support includes all Business support features, plus a dedicated Technical Account Manager (TAM) and Infrastructure Event Management with customizations.

You can reach AWS Glue customer support by creating a case in the AWS Support Center. AWS Glue provides an SLA of 99.9% availability for its service. If you need premium support, you can avail yourself of AWS Premium Support.

Alteryx Designer

There are 2 editions for Alteryx Designer: Designer Desktop and Designer Cloud. And each has an online documentation. There is also a community to help newbies and experts alike to address issues in the 2 products.

Alteryx Designer also offers technical support through email and phone. There are also different levels of support depending on your subscription plan. Premium support is available for customers who need immediate help. And extra support beyond the offerings in their subscription plan. It also provides an SLA. It outlines the response times and issue resolution for different levels of support. Check out the Alteryx Support Guidelines page for more details.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers free email, chat (on the website or in-app), and forum support for all customers. It also provides extensive documentation with lots of tutorials and user guides.

For paid customers, there's also a phone support option and additional support options for Enterprise customers.

Pricing

AWS Glue

AWS Glue pricing depends on the number of Data Processing Units (DPUs) used per hour. DPUs are a measure of processing power and memory capacity. AWS Glue charges $0.44 per DPU hour. This means you pay only for what you use with no upfront costs or commitments.

AWS Glue also has Always Free AWS Glue 1 Million. It includes 1 million objects stored in the AWS Glue Data Catalog and 1 million requests/month.

Alteryx Designer

There are 2 editions for Alteryx Designer: Designer Desktop and Designer Cloud.

You need to contact sales for the updated pricing. If you are a new customer for Alteryx Designer Cloud, you need to pay a separate platform fee. And also buy for 3 users, at least. Some reviewers in G2 feels it’s too pricey.

There’s a free trial for each edition. But there’s no mention of how long the trial will be.

Skyvia

Skyvia Data Integration is a freemium tool with an option to request a 14-day trial. So, price is not a barrier to entry.

And when you’re ready, paid plans start from $19 per month. Pricing tiers depend on a few factors. It includes the number of loaded records, scheduling frequency, and advanced ETL features. There are no sale commitments. And customers can upgrade or downgrade at any time. Check out a detailed comparison here.

If you doubt the price is worth it, check out review sites like G2. Aside from ease of use, reasonable pricing is one of the things Skyvia customers like. So, you can be sure the features you get are worth every penny.