Big Data Analytics and Storage: Going Nowhere but Up in 2014

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-01-30 Print this article Print

There's news in each of those subsections, and from the coverage of all those news items (there's yet another example of big data storage), we've been able to filter through it all and come up with some bona fide trends.

Let's get to a few key ones now that have appeared in our pages in the last few months.

Trend No. 1: Mobility Clearly Driving Big Data Investment

Mobile platforms with their location, communications and portability present a consumer platform custom-made of big data innovation. For one example, MapMyFitness started as a way to map running routes and has expanded to a wide variety of fitness activities as well as personal health monitoring.

Matt McLure, the vice president of MapMyFitness, has seen the company grow to 19 million users and developed a hybrid private and public cloud infrastructure to match capacity to user activity such as increased bikers in the summer and fitness enthusiasts, who are following through on fitness resolutions after the start of the New Year.

"We are at the center of the ecosystem of health and connected fitness," McLure told eWEEK contributor Eric Lundquist. The scaling demands associated with the additional health and fitness monitoring is driving the company to use the data techniques developed by the likes of Facebook and Google.

Trend No. 2: More Private and Hybrid Data Clouds Now Being Built

Enterprises are not about to abandon their structured data infrastructures. Structured data from the likes of Oracle, IBM, HP and Microsoft underpin the operations of most big companies.

The goal of the technology data infrastructure executive is to blend those existing systems with hybrid systems incorporating unstructured, external data. However, traditional vendors should not breathe too easy. While the existing system will remain, chart after chart in customer presentations had those traditional vendors confined in existing boxes while the new money was going to new vendors and new platforms.

StubHub has a data network of 25 structured and unstructured data sources. Sastry Malladi, chief data architect for StubHub, said using open-source products is important to avoid proprietary architecture lock-ins. "Right now the biggest innovation is how to create a hybrid data system," Malladi said.

Trend No. 3: The Internet of Things Will Propel Use of Big Data Analytics Even Faster

Paul Bachteal, the senior director of the Americas technology practice for business intelligence vendor SAS, told eWEEK’s Lundquist that "billion is the new million" when you start to consider all the data that will pour into organizations as the Internet of things moves from concept to reality.

The skills needed to build systems that capture, store, analyze and create predictive analysis are in short supply, and customers and vendors will have to be innovative in training employees for the new skills development.


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