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Web Projects let you develop Pig and Python scripts directly on the Mortar website without installing anything. They're great for simpler problems and quickly exploring your data.
Mortar Projects are the best way to develop a large or shared project using Mortar. Rather than using a web editor, you develop code locally in your own dev environment and deploy it to Mortar with a single command.
If you want to test your code with smaller instances than m1.xlarge, we recommend using mortar locally, which is totally free.
AWS makes spare compute resources available via auction, usually at significantly lower prices than On-Demand (guaranteed) compute resources. The tradeoff is that clusters launch a bit slower to fulfill the auction, and your resources may disappear before you are done using them. More info here.
Mortar handles the bid amount automatically. We work to get you the lowest price with the lowest risk of interruption.
Yes, the Public plan is free forever. If you are giving back to the community by sharing your work, we support you by letting you use Mortar for free. You’ll just pay the AWS costs of running your jobs on Mortar.
If you use private Web Projects, be sure to download your code before you downgrade to a Public Plan. If you use Mortar Projects, your code is already on your own machine.
And since Mortar uses open technology, your code is portable.
Mortar provides m1.xlarge EC2 compute instances, which provide the best value for most Hadoop-worthy jobs.
Currently AWS charges $0.35 per hour for On-Demand Clusters, and roughly $0.09 per hour for EMR, for a total of $0.44 per hour.
For Spot Instance Clusters, you might pay $0.05 per hour for EC2 (price varies with market), and roughly $0.09 per hour for EMR, for a total of $0.14 per hour.
Since Mortar does not mark up AWS charges, when AWS lowers prices these savings are immediately passed through to you. Current AWS pricing is available here.
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