'Big Data' Isn't Just About Volume: Gartner

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Big data" is also about the increasing number of data types that are coming into systems, which need to be handled differently than simple email, data logs and credit card records. It's also about the speed at which all this data is moving from endpoints into storage.

The IT term "big data" is currently getting close to the same hot-button treatment that cloud computing did five years ago, and for good reason.

The continued increasing amount of business data-created both by humans and by machines-is having major effects on IT systems, which are struggling to store, tier and make easily accessible all that information.

But it's not just about high volumes of data. It's also about the increasing number of data types that are coming into systems, which need to be handled differently from simple email, data logs and credit card records. It's also about the speed at which all this data is moving from endpoints into storage.

Along these lines, IT researcher Gartner came out June 27 with a report that claims many IT decision makers are attempting to manage big-data problems by focusing exclusively on the high volumes of information-to the exclusion of the other facets of information management, which could lead to difficulties later.

"Today's information management disciplines and technologies are simply not up to the task of handling all these dynamics," said Gartner Research Vice President Mark Beyer. "Information managers must fundamentally rethink their approach to data by planning for all the dimensions of information management.

"The business' demand for access to the vast resources of big data gives information managers an opportunity to alter the way the enterprise uses information. IT leaders must educate their business counterparts on the challenges while ensuring some degree of control and coordination so that the big-data opportunity doesn't become big-data chaos, which may raise compliance risks, increase costs and create yet more silos," he said.



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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