Thursday, July 10, 2014

DESIGNING A DATA ARCHITECTURE TO SUPPORT BOTH FAST AND BIG DATA

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In post one of this series, we introduced the ideas that a Corporate Data Architecture was taking shape and that working with Fast Data is different from working with Big Data. In the second post we looked at examples of Fast Data and what is required of applications that interact with Fast Data. In this post, I will illustrate how I envision the corporate architecture that will enable companies to achieve the data dream that integrates Fast and Big.

The following diagram depicts a basic view of how the “Big” side of the picture is starting to fill out. At the center is a Data Lake, or pool or reservoir or…. there is no shortage of clever names and debate over what to call it. What is clear is this is the spot in which the enterprise will dump ALL of its data. This component is not necessarily unique because of its design or functionality, but because it is an enormously cost effective system to store everything. Essentially, it is a distributed file system on cheap commodity machines.

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