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What is Big Data and How Will the Supercomputing Industry Be Impacted?

Nov. 14, 2012 ⋅ Categories: Hadoop

We’re going to need more than one Powerwulf Cluster to support Big Data, a compilation of all the blogs, status updates, forum discussions, video and audio content created, exchanged, curated, and archived by corporations, businesses, institutions, non-profits and consumers. Now that is a lot of information. This bulk of statistics is approximately 10,000 times larger than the average enterprise database.

With the movement to social media, Big Data is essentially the “Holy Grail” in delivering acceptable social-media ROI. These large numbers will allow for marketers and business leaders to make predictable approaches for clients and consumers. It will call for complex cluster and cloud computational modeling of the enormous amounts of information of behavior on the World Wide Web. Businesses will need to run reactive analytics to assess the live data and deep analytics to dig into stored information and make educated predictions about the market. Companies ignoring this available knowledge will run the risk of being left in the dust behind competitors. For those in advertising, marketing, and public relations, understanding how companies can use Big Data will be a very important element of a successful professional career.

So what will this data look like? Pictured below, IBM created a visualization of Wikipedia edits. Being multiple terabytes in size, the text and images of Wikipedia are a classic example of what Big Data will entail.

A little overwhelmed? You aren’t the only one. With this amount of information being available to so many businesses and individuals, there is going to be a ton of professionals in need of ultimate storage solutions. With Big Data still being defined, you have time to learn and be an innovator when you have it at your fingertips. Want more information about this information revolution? Read more about Big Data in this article.

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