Spark has come a long way since it first showed up in our landscape. Lets spend a few moments looking at how far Spark has come. Lets look at Spark with Hadoop and Spark without Hadoop. In this discussion we will look at deploying spark the way that best suits your business and solves your data challenges. Taking a look at Spark in a converged data environment that maximizes your existing technology and skill set investments while allowing you to pick the flavors of the Apache ecosystem, including Spark, that best fits real world use cases.