Healthcare // Analytics
12:03 PM
Doug Henschen
Doug Henschen
Connect Directly

10 Lessons Learned By Big Data Pioneers

How can you prepare for the big data era? Consider this expert advice from IT pros who have wrestled with the thorny problems, including data growth and unconventional data.
6 of 11

Apache Hadoop, one of the fastest-growing open-source projects going, is a collection of components for handling distributed data-processing, particularly large volumes of unstructured data such as Facebook comments and Twitter tweets, email and instant messages, and security and application logs. MapReduce is a Hadoop-supported programming model for rapid processing of masses of information. Conventional relational databases, such as IBM Netezza, Oracle, Teradata, and MySQL, can't handle this data because it doesn't fit neatly into columns and rows. And even if they could do the job, the cost of the licenses would be prohibitive, as we're talking about hundreds of terabytes or even petabytes. Hadoop software is free, and it runs on low-cost commodity hardware. (Keep in mind that puppies are free, too -- in other words, Hadoop deployments require care and feeding that is not free.)

Hadoop pioneers include Yahoo!, eHarmony, Facebook, NetFlix, and Twitter, but even straight-laced financial giants like JPMorgan Chase are putting Hadoop to work. A growing list of commercial support options will only help Hadoop grow.


Big Data A Big Backup Challenge

Big Data: Informatica Tackles The High-Velocity Problem

IBM Picks Hadoop To Analyze Large Data Volumes

Hadoop Big Data Startup Spins Out Of Yahoo

2 Ways Big-Data Analysis Pays Off

A Model For The Big Data Era

Machines Are Driving The Big-Data Era

NOAA CIO Tackles Big Data

6 of 11
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Big Love for Big Data? The Remedy for Healthcare Quality Improvements
Big Love for Big Data? The Remedy for Healthcare Quality Improvements
Healthcare data is nothing new, but yet, why do healthcare improvements from quantifiable data seem almost rare today? Healthcare administrators have a wealth of data accessible to them but aren't sure how much of that data is usable or even correct.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of October 9, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll