Before you launch an Amazon EMR cluster, you need to figure out how you want the cluster configured. You'll make choices based on the type of data processing you want to do, the amount of data, speed, cost, and the software you want available on the cluster. The following topics walk you through the process of planning a cluster.
Some steps are optional. If you are new to Amazon EMR, we recommend that you also read through the optional steps to familiarize yourself with all that Amazon EMR can do.