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Wikibon’s Big Data Research Agenda: Technology, Ecosystem and Application

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 1.51.45 PMI’ve already laid out my predictions for Big Data in 2014, but I also wanted to let the Wikibon community know how my colleagues and I plan to cover Big Data in the year ahead. We’ve organized our research agenda into three major buckets.

Technology. Clearly the technologies and products that collectively make up Big Data – including Hadoop, NoSQL data stores, analytic databases, data visualization tools and more – are maturing at a rapid pace (much faster, for example, than relational databases did in the 1980s.) Big Data is also applicable across industries,  meaning these technologies are inevitably and increasingly intersecting with adjacent technology movements, namely the cloud, mobile computing and social media. As we have for the last several years, Wikibon will devote significant coverage to these developments with an eye on putting technology innovations in context for enterprise Big Data practitioners (both technology practitioners and line-of-business practitioners.)

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Facebook’s New Green Data Center

With more than 845 million users and counting, Facebook generates a lot of Big Data.  Managing it all takes a lot of space and a lot of energy.  After 16 months, Facebook’s new data center is up and running.  It only took 2,000 people, and 1.2 million hours, to get the server farms online.  Facebook now has two data centers in the United States.  The first is located in Prineville, Oregon; the new one is in Forest City, North Carolina.

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Big Data Changing the Business Frontier

Imagine being able to predict the future. To foresee market trends. To identify the wants and needs of people before their cravings hit. What if a company could explain correlations between business actions and unrelated spikes to sales in different sectors? One could confidently predetermine a path to success by providing answers to questions that haven’t arisen yet. What if the information to determine these predictions was already available and being constantly updated? If one could harness that information, asking new and innovative questions of it, do you think the world would change? Count on it. The watchword is Big Data, and it has the power to revolutionize the way we think about using information.

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Real Data Centers of the Future

We are in the middle of a Data Center boom where tech companies all over the world are trying to compete for bigger, better, and more efficient info storage facilities. These Data Centers are used to accomplish a variety of online needs ranging from storing Facebook pages to Cloud technology. Take a glimpse into the innovative future of Data Storage with this list of Data Centers newly completed and still under construction worldwide.

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The Rise of Efficient Data Centers

With VMworld beginning in Las Vegas this week, we are sure to hear all about new and innovative ways to expand your organization’s approach to cloud computing.  “Project Horizon” was previewed at last year’s VMworld, a cloud-based management service that aims to establish a users cloud identity.  With Project Horizon and the seemingly thousands of other cloud projects occurring, the demand for massive data centers is on the rise.  As their need continues to grow, the immense power they use has become so much of an issue that metrics were created to measure how efficient data centers are.  One of these metrics is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a ratio of total amount of power used by the facility to the power delivered to computing equipment.  An ideal PUE is 1.0, which would mean the computing equipment is using all of the power coming into the facility.  However, a PUE of 1.0 is very difficult to achieve due to the need for lighting, cooling, and other various systems used in the facilities that are not considered computing devices.  An additional way companies are trying to reduce cost and power consumption is by building modular data centers.  The modular data center approach adds capacity as it is needed in manageable, cost-effective increments.  Below you will see five traditional data centers that use alternative energy as a power source, as well as a brief look at currently available modular data centers.

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Inside The Data Center Technology Powering Six Top Social Media Sites

If you are even a semi-regular user of Twitter you no doubt have encountered the Fail Whale at some point. With 300,000 new accounts created every day and 600 tweets per second (or TPS in Twitter parlance), the need for robust and optimized infrastructure is critical for Twitter. Thus, it is no surprise that the company is building its own data center later this year.

That news had the Wikibon community thinking:

What other types of data center technology are powering today’s high profile social media websites?

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Inside Ten of the World’s Largest Data Centers

Data centers touch all our lives. Businesses rely on data centers to house mission critical information and run operational initiatives across the organization.Today’s largest data centers feature state-of-the-art technology, operation rooms spanning thousands of square meters, and are required to hold billions of pieces of customer and business information. As demand for cloud services increase these centers comprise tens or sometimes hundreds of thousands of servers, multi-petabyte storage systems and increasingly are situated in locations where cheap energy is plentiful.

In pictures, here is an inside look at ten of the world’s largest data centers.

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