The Road to Ubiquitous Big Data Analytics - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: Cleversafe

Russ Kennedy (Profile)
Wednesday, January 30th 2013

There’s no doubt that the Internet has changed the way we work, live, play and communicate – globally. Its ubiquitous connectivity, pervasive presence and boundless reach open us to new opportunities daily. There was a time, however, prior to the Internet when inter-networking was a fledging technology for collaboration and not the robust network and collaborative playground that we all know it today – users on Prodigy for example, couldn’t talk to users on EarthLink. We were limited to interacting with only those people who shared the same service. We’ve come a long way since those early days and as is the case with many technologies when they first emerge there are bound to be skeptics before the innovators, advocates, enthusiasts and mass adopters prove them wrong.

Take for example, the ability to have a computer in a form factor that fits the palm of your hand. It was unimaginable – until the smart phone arrived and literally changed the way we work. The merger of voice and data across high speed broadband took decades and patience. It’s because of the advances in high speed networking that have allowed us to take our business applications, gaming, video, audio streaming and collaboration into the cloud and now software-based services are the norm. When we experience these transformational leaps in technology some methods of computing step aside.

And so it is with Big Data and storage. We are literally sitting on the precipice of a new era. A recent Digital Universe study stated that during the next eight years the amount of digital data produced will exceed 40 Zettabytes. That’s the equivalent of 5,200 GB of data for every man, woman and child on Earth. The majority of which the study said, would be produced by machines as they talk to each other over data networks. Consider the Internet of things today – sensors embedded in clothing, appliances that monitor the freshness of our food and the multitude of smart sensors in our automobiles.

The next generation of technology will analyze all this information in real time and over time and continue the rhythm of business transformation. We’re already moving in this direction with solutions such as Hadoop leading the charge. So what will 2013 look like? How quickly will the promise of Big Data analytics become our next everyday reality? What technologies will step aside in lieu of ones able to take on the goliath of Zettabytes of unstructured data.