I’d like to move one step forward, and describe the courses available in Big Data University with the suggested learning path that you should follow. This is all described in the article “Starting your education in big data” (same title as this blog post).
I find it fascinating the idea that anyone can potentially discover something very interesting with huge repercussions using these new technologies enabled with cloud computing. We are on the verge of many breakthroughs, thanks to these technnologies. For example, back in October 2011, I read an article in a newspaper in Toronto about a curious discovery made about the March 2011 Japan earthquake.
Note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post was originally published on Nov. 7.
The major providers in the cloud space, such as Amazon, Rackspace, and IBM, include resiliency mechanisms that ensure data is not lost in the case of an infrastructure outage, at least to satisfy the levels of business continuity established in their service level agreements (SLAs). Some cloud providers also offer services that give users the ability to create private images, and snapshots of the instances and storage they provisioned for added safety from data loss. However, none of these prevent database outages.
It couldn’t be easier to set up your Hadoop cluster on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. It’s also fast! For example, a three-node Hadoop cluster can be up and running in less than 30 minutes.