Is Storing Big Data a Big Deal?

Big data

Thanks to data explosion in today’s times, a term known as “Big Data” is extensively used across the globe. Put simply, Big Data is the amount of data that is beyond the storage and processing capabilities of a single machine.

A recent survey from KPMG suggested that enterprises are showing higher interest in Big Data these days.  At least seven out of ten CIOs believe that data analytics is a crucial factor not to be overlooked.  A statistics released by IDC and EMC report says that the digital data is doubling every two years and it is forecasted that it will reach an amount of 40,000 Exabytes by 2020. High penetration of smartphones with GPS and internet connectivity and social network adoption are the most contributing factors to this Big Data revolution. However mammoth sized data requires equivalent storage capacity.

Storing Big Data is not a problem in the industry. The problem lies in its processing time; the solution of which lies in Apache Hadoop.

Know Hadoop

Apache HADOOP is an open source software framework devised for large-scale processing of Big data across clusters of computers using a simple programming model.

In more simplistic terms, Hadoop facilitates functioning of several machines together to achieve the goal of analysing large sets of data. It consists of two core components HDFS & MAP-REDUCE

Know Hadoop

Hadoop Features

Features of Hadoop:

  • Scalable: It is easily scalable when the requirement of storage and processing increases. Also on the production cluster, we can horizontally scale with more number of commodity computers without shutting down the entire cluster.
  • Economical: It distributes and processes the data across clusters of low cost computers.
  • Efficient: Parallel processing of huge data is very fast and reliable across clusters.
  • Reliable: It maintains multiple copies of the data and automatically redeploys computing tasks based on the machine or network failures.

Apart from these advantages, Hadoop is compatible with all types of data viz. structured, unstructured, log files, images, audio, videos, communication records and emails. It easily deciphers the answers that have been in oblivion from enterprise owners.

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