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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 mythical into the practical: only 12% think it’s a lot of hype while an equal number of skeptics believe it’s just old stuff warmed over.

 

“Big data is the future; if you want to survive in this market you need to support big data.” --Survey respondent

 

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Rich Castagna is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in August 2012

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