Big data is no big myth

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.

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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.

Companies with big data storage needs

big data definition

Opinions about attention given to big data

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

 

BIO: Rich Castagna is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in August 2012

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