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Big data is no big myth
This article is part of the Vol. 11 Num. 6 August 2012 issue of Storage magazine
However "big data" is defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it. The fact that “big data” might refer to really big files or a lot of small files (or both) doesn’t seem to faze our survey respondents. Nearly half (47%) said big data means both, while 26% looked past size and said it’s any high-transaction data. However it’s defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it. Topping the list are Fibre Channel arrays (38%) and scale-out NAS systems (36%), and management apps (63%) are also being eyed by software shoppers. And while it seems mandatory to include Hadoop in every big data conversation, 35% of those surveyed don’t have any Hadoop plans and 14% don’t know enough about it. Eighteen percent are using or planning to use Hadoop, and 30% are evaluating it. The biggest surprise is that big data seems to have evolved from the...
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Features in this issue
Solid-state storage has made its way into servers, hybrid storage arrays and caching devices, but all-solid-state arrays are an emerging class of high-performance storage systems.
Getting the most from your storage system is a basic requirement, but with many efficiency techniques you’ll have to decide if performance tops capacity utilization.
However "big data" is defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it.
Hybrid cloud disaster recovery (DR) appliances are an emerging class of business continuity product that makes effective and timely DR affordable for even the smallest of firms.
Columns in this issue
There’s a lot happening techwise in the data storage world, but the ever-growing hype, hoopla and hazy language are making it even harder for everyone to understand.
Data archiving, data hygiene and good old common sense can help keep your company off the spinning disk treadmill. Find out what Jon Toigo has to say on the subject.
A few companies are still kicking the tires of deduplication products, but veteran users should be thinking about how they can step up to the next level of backup dedupe.
Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems.