Boston University’s Bob Schudy on the importance of big data
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In this interview, Bob Schudy from Boston University explains how students are driving the need to teach big data and why this area is so important. Many of the research students in Bob’s department have a big data project coming up in a professional context and so elect to study this area whilst at school.
So, what makes big data systems different? Bob points to the characteristics of being ultra-scalable with data potentially distributed across the world. He explains how three-fold redundancy reduces the probability you will lose any data and how systems like Hadoop can accept data feeds much faster than a relational database.
Bob points out that the IBM Academic Initiative offers hosting support as well as access to large, cleansed, real datasets.