Big data excavation with Apache Hadoop

Big Dig

Article from Issue 144/2012

Experience the power of supercomputing and the big data revolution with Apache Hadoop.

Data is not very interesting by itself. Bits and bytes are just, well, bits and bytes before you apply some kind of analysis. The analysis is a process that extracts information and insight. Sometimes, the process is to sum the values, but the analysis process can be complex and cumbersome.

We have had data as long as humans have had a language to record it. But until recently, the amount of data has been small. The ability to store data using commodity hard drives is providing large corporations with the ability to track every detail of any process within the organization. This combination of system administration skills, software engineering, and statistical analysis has been dubbed Big Data.

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