Dealing with big data: The storage implications


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Whether it’s defining “big data,” understanding Hadoop or assessing the impact of large data stores, storage pros need a clear understanding of the big data trend.

It seems impossible to get away from the term “big data” nowadays. The challenge is that the industry lacks a standard definition for what big data is. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines big data as “data sets that exceed the boundaries and sizes of normal processing capabilities, forcing you to take a non-traditional approach.” We apply the term “big data” to any data set that breaks the boundaries and conventional capabilities of IT designed to support day-to-day operations.

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This was first published in May 2012

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