Most businesses have data stored in a variety of locations, from in-house databases to SaaS platforms. To get a full picture of their finances and operations, they pull data from all those sources into a data warehouse or data lake and run analytics against it. But they don't want to build and maintain their own data pipelines.
Fortunately, it’s not necessary to code everything in-house. Here's an comparison of three such tools, head to head.
FlyData is a cloud-based ETL platform for database sources.
The StreamSets DataOps Platform includes five components:
Stitch Data Loader is a cloud-based platform for ETL — extract, transform, and load. More than 3,000 companies use Stitch to move billions of records every day from SaaS applications and databases into data warehouses and data lakes, where it can be analyzed with BI tools. Stitch is a Talend company and is part of the Talend Data Fabric.
|Focus||Data ingestion, ELT to Amazon Redshift from managed databases||ETL, transformations, data prep||Data ingestion, ELT|
|Database replication||Full table; incremental via binary log or using a FlyData agent running on a Linux server||Full replication or change data capture||Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys|
|SaaS sources||None||Only Salesforce||More than 100|
|Ability for customers to add new data sources||No||Yes||Yes|
|Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes?||Yes / No||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes|
|Purchase process||Options for self-service or talking with sales||Requires a conversation with sales||Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.|
|Compliance, governance, and security certifications||GDPR||HIPAA, GDPR||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2|
|Data sharing||No||No||Yes, through Talend Data Fabric|
|Vendor lock-in||Annual contracts. StreamSets Data Collector is open source, other parts of the platform are proprietary.||Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations|
|Developer tools||None||Several APIs||Import API, Stitch Connect API for integrating Stitch with other platforms, Singer open source project|
Let's dive into some of the details of each platform.
FlyData focuses on the E and L, extraction and loading, of ELT. It extracts raw data from one of seven database sources and loads it into Amazon Redshift without performing transformations.
Stitch is an ELT product. Within the pipeline, Stitch does only transformations that are required for compatibility with the destination, such as translating data types or denesting data when relevant. Stitch is part of Talend, which also provides tools for transforming data either within the data warehouse or via external processing engines such as Spark and MapReduce. Transformations can be defined in SQL, Python, Java, or via graphical user interface.
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Connectors: Data sources and destinations
Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.
FlyData supports seven database sources and no SaaS platforms. The only destination it supports is Amazon Redshift. Customers can request that the company build a new data source or destination, but no one outside of the company can build new ones or make improvements to existing ones.
StreamSets Data Collector (SDC) supports more than 40 storage and database sources, plus Kafka Streams and MapR Streams; no SaaS integrations are available other than Salesforce. Destinations include Google BigQuery, Snowflake, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Lake, and more than 30 other database, storage, and streaming platforms.
Stitch supports more than 100 database and SaaS integrations as data sources, and eight data warehouse and data lake destinations. Customers can contract with Stitch to build new sources, and anyone can add a new source to Stitch by developing it according to the standards laid out in Singer, an open source toolkit for writing scripts that move data. Singer integrations can be run independently, regardless of whether the user is a Stitch customer. Running Singer integrations on Stitch’s platform allows users to take advantage of Stitch's monitoring, scheduling, credential management, and autoscaling features.
Support, documentation, and training
Data integration tools can be complex, so vendors offer several ways to help their customers. Online documentation is the first resource users often turn to, and support teams can answer questions that aren't covered in the docs. Vendors of the more complicated tools may also offer training services.
FlyData provides support through Intercom online chat and via email. Documentation consists of a few dozen online pages. The company does not provide training services.
StreamSets provides support through a Zendesk ticketing system. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.
Stitch provides in-app chat support to all customers, and phone support is available for Enterprise customers. Support SLAs are available. Documentation is comprehensive and is open source — anyone can contribute additions and improvements or repurpose the content. Stitch does not provide training services.
FlyData pricing ranges from $199 to $4,467 per month, based on number of rows transferred. Annual and custom plans are also available, and require a conversation with sales. The company offers a 14-day free trial.
StreamSets provides a 30-day free trial. Pricing isn't disclosed.
Stitch has pricing that scales to fit a wide range of budgets and company sizes. All new users get an unlimited 14-day trial. Standard plans range from $100 to $1,250 per month depending on scale, with discounts for paying annually. Enterprise plans for larger organizations and mission-critical use cases can include custom features, data volumes, and service levels, and are priced individually.
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