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New IDC Study Shows That Unmet Needs Necessitate Other Big Data Technologies Besides Hadoop and Are Driving Change in the Industry

A newly published International Data Corporation (IDC) study asserts that a great unmet need for agile cloud application development, application scalability, broader data collection, extreme transaction processing, and streaming data management are creating a need for multiple Big Data technologies besides Hadoop.

This research also offers a methodology and advice to IT customers regarding which of these technologies is appropriate for the specific task at hand. Emerging technologies, including vendor processing, DBMS firmware, and nonvolatile memory perform the operational data functions required for developments such as transactional software as a service (SaaS) in the cloud for broader real-time analytics and for analytics that blend various kinds of data.

While IDC predicts that in 2014 the dominant Big Data technology will continue to be Hadoop and its tributaries. At the same time, document and table-oriented NoSQL DBMSs will begin to gain traction beyond the early adopter phase and will develop along a parallel track with Hadoop on one hand and relational DBMS on the other.

IDC advises organizations to consider all Big Data technology solutions carefully and develop a strategy for deployment before committing to a data management technology.

"Big Data technologies offer great benefits to businesses by enabling them to tap the value inherent in various kinds of data that could never be leveraged before in an affordable way," said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President for Database Management and Data Integration Software research at IDC. "Anyone investigating Big Data technology for the enterprise must first identify the type of data to be managed and the problems to be addressed."

The IDC study, Move Over Hadoop: Emerging Database Technologies for Tackling Big Data Problems (IDC #248553), looks at the kinds of business problems that are addressed by Big Data and the various technologies that are appropriate to each problem. This study is intended to be used as a guide in identifying and evaluating Big Data technologies that are appropriate for addressing business challenges and choosing those technologies that meet information management requirements.

For more Big Data and analytics resources, visit www.idc.com/bigdata and follow @IDCBigData

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

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