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Friday, 22 August 2014 16:25

Yin and Yang: Big Data and the Cloud

It’s been said that Big Data and the cloud go together like chocolate and peanut butter, but it looks like more symbiosis is at work here than meets the eye.

While on the surface it may seem like the two developments appeared at the same time by mere coincidence, the more likely explanation is that they both emerged in response to each other – that without the cloud there would be no Big Data, and without Big Data there would be no real reason for the cloud.

Silicon Angle’s Maria Deutscher hit on this idea recently, noting that the two seem to be feeding off each other: As enterprises start to grapple with Big Data, they will naturally turn to the cloud to support the load, which in turn will generate more data and the need for additional cloud resources. In part, this is a continuation of the old paradigm that more computing power and capacity simply causes users to up their data requirements. Of course, the cloud comes with additional security and availability concerns, but in the end it is the only way for already stretched IT budgets to feasibly cope with the amount of data being generated on a daily basis.