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March 2014, Volume 3, Issue 3

IT analytics tools bring big data to work in the data center

IT generates a lot of operational data. Could big data make it more meaningful? There's nothing quite like managing an environment where the concept of real time is measured by the infinitesimally small standards of electronics. In any one of those instants, things can go from smooth sailing to disaster. And, always, there is data to be moved and managed and data -- lots of it -- about how the data center itself is behaving. Into that challenging environment comes a new idea: applying new styles of processing and analysis borrowed from the world of big data technologies (e.g., Hadoop, NoSQL and Cassandra) and business analytics to help decision makers better master the challenges of IT management. Indeed, applying big data concepts to the reams of data created by IT operations tools allows IT management software vendors to address a wide range of business decisions, said Brett Sheppard, director for big data at Splunk, which provides log data intelligence software. IT systems, applications and technology infrastructure generate ...

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