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Ingestion with Spring Integration

In these days it's well known that big data platforms can help in terms of processing data in a scalable way.  But guess what, before you can enjoy this efficiency, you need to ingest the data.  There are a couple…

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Applying Big Data Analytics to Clickstream Data

An important application for Big Data, indeed, the original application for which Big Data technologies were first created, is clickstream analytics.  Using predictive models to analyze it, clickstream data can be rich with insights for user engagement, site performance, query…

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3 Tips on Data Storage Management

One of the greatest business drivers of Big Data adoption is an organization's focus on Cost Containment and Scale. While there are certainly situations where the use of traditional data storage solutions is appropriate, we find more often than not that newer…

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SolrCloud Terminology

What is SolrCloud? While the ability to shard a logical Solr index is an excellent feature, managing it can prove to be quite challenging. Managing a distributed Solr cluster pre-SolrCloud meant facing a number of complex challenges: * Maintaining a…

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Intro To HDFS and MapReduce

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…

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Solr vs ElasticSearch

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,…

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What Are Big Datasets?

At conferences and on client campuses, I am frequently cornered by people seeking to understand if they have Big Data.  Is their data "big?"  Do they need a tool like Hadoop?   At the heart of the confusion is a…

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Campaigning in the Age of Big Data

In the past, politics had little targeting to individual voters. Where this existed, it was achieved by local groups that understand the locality such as churches. While locally successful, these efforts could not share insights upward in the campaign or…

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