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Getting Ready for Big Data

data managementIT departments and data centers are used to seeing demand for resources surge. In recent years, this has been especially evident in the area of data storage. No matter what you want to call it – “data explosion,” or something else – you can’t deny the fact that organizations simply have a greater need for capacity today than ever before.

Add in emerging technologies such as real-time predictive intelligent solutions, and you can begin to see how the demand for data is going to continue to explode.

Fortunately, technology is moving to keep pace. There is a technology coming down the pipe known as “big data,” and it’s going to change the way that IT and data centers handle all of that excess demand.

Removing obstacles

There are a number of obstacles that can prevent you from taking advantage of big data technologies. Some include:

•    A lack of support options. Big data solutions don’t yet have the kind of third-party support that most organizations require. The products are based on open source technologies, which is part of the reason that this is still the case. As support options emerge, more organizations will be able to take advantage of big data solutions.

•    Absence of IT big data skills. There are two sides to this problem: cultural and technical. On the one side, many IT departments are simply resistant to talk of big data because they don’t want to yet commit to an unproven technology. On the technical side, most IT staff have been focused on putting together and managing structured data warehousing technologies, rather than on big data.

How to make it happen

There are some things you can do today, however, to be ready. They include:

•    Know where you stand. Understand where your data comes from, which data is business critical, and which isn’t.

•    Focus on business needs. IT needs to align specific business needs with the deployment of big data.

•    Learn the tech. Learn about the big data technologies and solutions, from Hadoop to NoSQL to MapReduce and more.

•    Be ready to make staff adjustments. That might mean hiring, or it might mean retraining.

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