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March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

Big data platforms may not play well under current IT rules

Making big data platforms work with current IT systems is a fine line that system administrators must learn to walk. It’s an old joke, but an apt one: How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans. You’re training for a marathon, when you slip on a patch of ice, twist your ankle and are sidelined for weeks. Or you’ve finally saved enough money to go on an exotic vacation, but your boiler blows up. You’re settling down to watch the big game, and the power goes out. You get the idea. That’s the way a lot of infrastructure and operations pros view big data, which has landed like a fly in IT’s proverbial soup. In her story “Big Data, Big Changes,” senior news writer Beth Pariseau describes how enterprises have spent the better part of a decade systematically virtualizing, consolidating and generally hardening IT systems. But the sudden popularity of big data analytics has caused an influx of one-off physical servers and local storage, with little to none of the reliability and redundancy that infrastructure professionals have come ...

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