Jul
16

How Big Data is Different – the Technology

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Field Cady, Douglas Moore, and Ryan Tabora

When a dataset gets too big for your computer to handle comfortably, there are a lot ways to speed up a computation.  You can add RAM, remove other processes, or overclock the CPU.  You can even upgrade to the fastest processor on the market.   But at some point these are all quick fixes; they might…

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Jul
12

Intro To HDFS and MapReduce

Posted on July 12, 2013 by Ryan Tabora

Everyone is talking about big data and tools like Hadoop. With the number of discussions floating around it can be tough to make basic sense of terms like MapReduce, Hadoop, Distributed Computing, HDFS and other terms people like to use to describe their work with big data. Here at Think Big Analytics, we specialize in…

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Jul
10

Solr vs ElasticSearch

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Ryan Tabora

Background The first thing you should know about Solr and ElasticSearch is that they are competing search servers. Both ElasticSearch and Solr are built on top of Lucene, so many of their core features are identical. If you are unfamiliar, Lucene is a search engine packaged together in a set of jar files. Many custom…

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