Introduction to Talend And SSIS
When you are working with data lot of questions come into your mind like – Do you know your data? Is it correct one? Are you using a correct tool?
If you are not sure, then you are not alone. Businesses tools these days are trying to collecting millions of pieces of information in this ever-expanding data world. We always want to know how we can join the data from different sources and how we can turn it into something meaningful information that delivers real value to the business.
To extract the value from these large volumes of data we have, it’s time to get strategic, bring a little analytics to the data. It’s time for a real-world solution – this is where tools like Talend SSIS come into the picture.
There is often some debate about the best ETL tools in the marketplace these days. In this article, we will compare two of the best ETL tools available in the market – Talend and SSIS. Before starting this face-off let’s try to find out what Talend and SSIS is? And what they are capable of?
What is Talend?
Talend is an ETL Tool just like Informatica that helps companies by making data more accessible. It lets you connect to a number of Data Bases. Talend is built in such a way that it is flexible enough to work with all the data sources and platforms out there in the market. It includes data integration, data quality, master data management and business process management. It has everything for you to make your data meaningful for you. We think it’s the future of data integration.
Features of Talend:
- Talend runs on Java platform.
- Talend utilizes JDBC to connect to other database systems.
- Talend stores connection strings in the Metadata where connection strings are defined.
- Talend utilizes Palette to specify the type of task depending on the type of ETL work.
- Processing Palette has various tasks which are used to filter and aggregate data and join multiple data source using the primary.
What is SSIS?
SSIS stands for “SQL Server Integration Services”. To compete in the segment of data migration, ETL, and transformation, Microsoft had introduced SSIS. Microsoft empowers it with all the ammunition to help data migration, transformation, ETL and other function. This ETL tool can perform complex solution like reading data from different sources, analyzing and cleansing data, running ETL processes to update data warehouses, writing data to different sources and email to particular person or group. It includes a set of tools for developing and testing integration programs, called SQL Server Data Tools
Features of SSIS:
- SSIS can handle data from heterogeneous data sources.
- SSIS is easier to maintain.
- SSIS is tightly integrated with SQL Server and Microsoft Visual Studio.
- SSIS load data into SQL faster by using SQL Server Destination.
- SSIS remove network bottleneck issue when inserting data into SQL.
- SSIS is better for complex transformations, multi-step operations, aggregating data from different data sources or types, and structured exception handling.
Head to Head Comparison between Talend vs SSIS (Infographics)
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Speed Comparison between Talend vs SSIS
To test the ability of both ETL tools we have loaded 1 delimited flat file to another delimited flat file on the same server. The file consists of 20M records and approximately size is about 1.5GB.
- Server: IBM – System x3650 M3
- Processor: Intel Xeon X5680 @ 3.33GHz (2 processors)
- RAM: 76GB
- OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 – 64 bit
- Talend v5.3.1 Open Studio
- JDK 1.7.0
- JRE 7
- SQL Server 2008 – SP1
COMPARISON -Talend vs SSIS
To get a large enough sample, I ran the test 3 times.
|Trial||Records||Talend’s Time||SSIS Time|
Talend took 67.69 seconds on an average to complete this job while SSIS completed the same job with an average time of 39.8 seconds.
Talend vs SSIS Comparison Table
|Basis For Comparison||SSIS||Talend|
|Objective||Extracting, transforming and loading data from multiple sources with different formatting||Making ETL jobs or sources data from multiple locations and needs to integrate them for better data compatibility|
|Return on Investment||Once developed your packages are very stable and it requires relatively little maintenance which saves a lot of working time||Talend Data Integration has streamlined data warehouse management which can cuts down on both cost as well as time|
|Room For Improvement||SSIS can improve the handling of the different data types. Also connectivity with different data sources like Sales force connectivity, Oracle Cloud’s connectivity, etc. will be a big challenge for SSIS. So expecting improvement in these areas.||The open-source version should include features like source code versioning and the parallel execution.|
|Scalability Issues||None||It requires a bit of tuning before we get to the optimal performance.|
|Support||The support is excellent. You can also get prewritten script tasks with a variety of functionality that saves a lot of time.||Good support, especially when it relates to PROD environment.|
Conclusion – Talend vs SSIS
After this test, it is clearly visible that SSIS perform better than Talend on some simple transformations. But this doesn’t mean SSIS will outperform Talend in all areas. This test size was small and we know Talend can do a number of things more efficiently that SSIS and it is open source. Now, in the end, we can state that both of these tools have their own Pros and Cons and depend upon your requirement you can make a choice between these two.
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