Certified on Spark
Innovative application developers that have been pioneers in the transition to building around Spark have faced multiple changes to date, such as needing to provide Spark installation / management support in order to deploy their application, attempting to certify individually with a rapidly growing set of distribution vendors, and limited guidance on integration best-practices.
Databricks has created a unifying certification process that is designed to be meaningful for application developers and end-customers without being overly burdensome for either.
At a high-level, Databricks certifies an application for integration with Apache Spark, and simultaneously certifies distributions by multiple vendors, transitively enabling certification of applications across these distributions through a single central source.
The benefits of this program for application vendors include:
Focus on applications: Enable them to move out of the ‘infrastructure business’ – e.g., focus on the application knowing that customers will have Spark commercial support options from distribution vendors and the integration with their application has been certified against all of these distributions.
Broad installed base: Access to the broadest possible installed base – as the certification will be vendor agnostic across a rapidly increasing set of distribution partners.
Roadmap previews: Application vendors will receive early access to roadmap information for the Spark platform to understand timing of planned feature roll-outs by Databricks.
Increased visibility: Certified application vendors will be prominently displayed on the Databricks website and will also have an opportunity to pen a guest article for the Databricks blog describing the application and how it leverages Spark.
Integration best-practices: Information on integration best practices and limited levels of guidance / feedback from the Databricks team on integration approach.
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How to apply
In order to apply, interested application vendors should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.