Cloud and big data – a fusion of two innovative IT trends

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As market awareness and adoption increases, so customer confidence and clarity is growing and companies are better able to evaluate the benefits and challenges that big data presents their individual organisations.

It’s not surprising to see that big data is the top IT spending priority in Gartner’s recent global forecast.  These figures correlate with Cisco’s recent CloudWatch survey, which found that Big Data will be an important aspect of IT strategy and is set to increase in importance over the next 12 months.

Big data priorities

Two priorities emerge ahead of others – accessing data in real time and accessing data from multiple devices. It is no exaggeration to say that organisations of all shapes and sizes are experiencing a data explosion and that the IT department is in the eye of this data storm. Real time access to data is not only seen as a critical success factor, but this also emerges as the key challenge when it comes to providing data analytics to the business alongside speed of data delivery.

Data analytics could be improved by taking into account the context, source and security of the information rather than looking just at the data itself. With positive experiences of cloud very much front of mind, many C-level execs say that data analytics could be improved in their organisation if data delivery was part of cloud services delivered with third party expertise.

It could be argued that cloud computing is increasing the demand for real-time business insights as data is being accessed and consumed through various devices anywhere, anytime. The capability of cloud alongside the sheer power of big data analytics represents a fascinating fusion of two innovative IT trends, the full impact of which is yet to unfold.

Cloud and Big Data

Big data has been hugely topical in the last few years. It has been highly publicised that all types of organisations are experiencing a data explosion, which is putting strain on IT departments to manage and store this vast amount of data. Big data, has therefore, been a significant driver of cloud adoption as companies struggle with how to store, manage and protect this data.

It is critical for organisations to have instant access to these large quantities of data, to successfully achieve their business objectives. However, this is a major challenge for companies, along with effectively analysing this data. Cloud computing enables companies to overcome these challenges, and it could be argued that cloud computing is in fact increasing the demand for real-time business insights, due to data being accessed and consumed through various devices anywhere, at any time.

The capability of cloud alongside the sheer power of big data analytics represents a fascinating fusion of two innovative IT trends, and the full impact of these two trends has yet to be explored.

Explosive data growth has fuelled the market for data analytics and companies readily see an application for cloud here as well. How the two disruptive trends of big data and cloud further transform the IT landscape and the role of the IT department is something that cloud watchers everywhere will be closely observing.

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