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March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

Big data projects require big changes in hardware and software

IT pros called in on big data projects are finding that the typical approach doesn't play nice on enterprise-grade virtualized infrastructure. Brace yourself for big data. If it hasn't already hit your data center, it will soon, putting new demands on IT infrastructure and operations. Big data analytics are used by sites like eHarmony to bring couples together, by retailers to predict customers' buying behavior, and even by healthcare organizations to predict a person's lifespan and future ailments. It's a little bit Big Brother, but it's also revolutionizing the way computing is used to interpret and influence human behavior. Big data isn't just data growth, nor is it a single technology; rather, it's a set of processes and technologies that can crunch through substantial data sets quickly to make complex, often real-time decisions. "It really is the future of what health care should be, using predictive analytics to improve treatment," said Michael Passe, storage architect for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) based...

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