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3 Reasons Hadoop is Heading to the Cloud

Cloud computing and big data have been vying for the attention of business owners for several years now. Both initiatives are compelling, as big data analytics promises the potential of powerful new business insights, and cloud computing offers greater flexibility, productivity and cost-savings in running IT systems traditional on-premise systems.

Cloud computing and big data have been vying for the attention of business owners for several years now. Both initiatives are compelling, as big data analytics promises the potential of powerful new business insights, and cloud computing offers greater flexibility, productivity and cost-savings in running IT systems traditional on-premise systems. Each initiative on their own warrants the attention that has been given them, but it seems now the future lies in combining the two. In fact, a survey by GigaSpaces found that 80 percent of IT executives who consider big data processing important are considering moving their big data analytics into the cloud. What is causing this shift? There are three main reasons.

1. Both Markets are Maturing

When Hadoop first became available to enterprises, the focus was largely on the volume and types of data businesses can store. Now, businesses have moved past that to focus on what can be done with the data. It’s expected that business data will grow 800 percent from where it was in 2011 by 2015. In addition, the sources of the data are rapidly expanding beyond what is collected online to that found in intelligent systems, such as device sensors. With such rich data sources to draw from, businesses are focused on analyzing and deriving insights in marketing, product innovation and security that were hidden before.

Cloud computing has also matured with improvements to security and data integration, creating greater trust in the cloud model. In fact, a survey by Intel found that nearly two-thirds of companies are looking to start using the cloud in the next five years.

With the maturation of both initiatives, businesses have found that the cloud offers a scalable environment to run Hadoop and can be a viable option.

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