To take complete advantage of big data, enterprises must take a holistic approach and transform their view of storage from a ‘data destination’ to a ‘data platform.’ As a platform for big data and not just a destination for data storage, enterprise storage solutions need to deliver cost-effective scale and capacity; eliminate data migration and incorporate the ability to grow without bound; bridge legacy storage silos; provide global accessibility of data; and protect and maintain the availability of data.
1. Deliver cost-effective scale and capacity
To minimise cost, a big data storage platform must take a ‘scale-out’ approach, achieving scale by pooling industry-standard commodity servers and storage devices. This offers not only low costs today, but also the ability to benefit from increased buying power as hardware gets better, faster and cheaper over time. An effective big data storage system must also be scalable in the performance dimension, so that applications experience no degradation in performance as the volume of data in the system is increased.
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