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Building Data Lakes in the Cloud

Understand why building a data lake in the cloud entails different particularities than building it on premises

Every industry has both proven and potential data lake use cases. With enterprise data warehouses (EDWs) being rendered ever more inefficient when facing new business needs, cloud-based data lakes have been gaining popularity with enterprises looking to cover the technology gap. Cloud data lakes are purpose-built to meet the data management requirements of the evolving enterprise landscape. Continue Reading

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How to Choose the Right NoSQL Database for All the Right Reasons

If you’re taking on big data, you’ll quickly realize that that means taking on a lot of unstructured data. Unstructured data doesn’t fit into a typical relational database, like SQL. That means you’ll be looking into a new type of database that can accept and store unstructured data. Primarily, that means you’ll be selecting a NoSQL database. Continue Reading

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5 Things Driving the Phenomenal Success of Apache Spark

If Hadoop is the tool that ushered in the era of big data, Spark is the one that’s driving the next phase of its evolution. Spark is the brainchild of a group of Berkeley grad students, and brought an entirely new set of use cases for big data and data analytics. Spark is more than just the right thing at the right time, it’s a way to get speed out of analytics where before there was power, but nothing in the way of real-time. So, what is sparking the popularity of Spark? Continue Reading

Offloading Mainframe Data Into Hadoop: 4 Things You Need to Know

For those who have spent the last decade steeped in all things cloud, virtualized environments, and Hadoop ecosystems, it may come as a shock that some 70 to 80 percent of the world’s business transactions are still handled by the mainframe. About 71 percent of all Fortune 500 companies are customers of the tremendously successful System z, the flagship of mainframe computing. The mainframe isn’t dead, and isn’t likely to be anytime soon. Mainframes are incredibly stable, unbelievably secure, and deliver an impressive level of performance. Continue Reading