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The data (structured and un-structured) influencing enterprise decisions is increasing exponentially every year. This data includes not only internal generated data within the enterprise but also external influencers such as social media, government regulations, external public data sets, etc.
The storage and compute capacity within the enterprise is usually limited and cannot scale or grow at the same rate as the data because of various reasons such as lead times to procure infrastructure, increased hardware and software costs to process data, etc. Many a times, this imbalance causes opportunity loss for enterprise for not being able to process the data in the necessary window.
Cloud Computing helps to resolve this in a very subtle manner as it provides a turnkey solution for on-demand network, compute and storage which essentially are the critical building blocks of any big data processing solution.
Since last month, we started aggressively doing various pilots using LINQ to HPC in Big Data space. Recently Microsoft released SP3 for Windows Server 2008 R2. We had difficulties trying to get to the installable for the same from Microsoft connect site, as it was not available where it was intended to be.
According to Gartner, "By 2015, companies that have adopted big data and extreme information management will begin to outperform unprepared competitors by 20% in every available financial metric". Check this
Analyzing Big Data is becoming important to identify trends and lot of companies have started doing it to get the edge over competitors, scenarios that fit for such analysis are,
• Political campaign wanting to be get a real time feedback of various actions based on Tweets and Facebook comments
• Phone companies wanting to trend their billing data
• Credit card companies trying to stop fraud before sales happens
• Web log analysis to identify trends