Prepare Your Network for Big Data

For the last several years, Big Data has gotten big buzz. To date, most of that buzz has revolved around the server and storage infrastructure and the analytics applications needed to house and process those terabytes and petabytes of data. But what about the networks that pass that data from east to west and back again within the data center or to and from cloud services?

Make no mistake, Big Data involves the network, as new research from Enterprise Networking Planet parent company QuinStreet demonstrates. QuinStreet surveyed 540 enterprise decision-makers involved in Big Data purchases to learn how highly they prioritize Big Data, what they hope to get out of it, and what challenges they face. Of those challenges, increasing network bandwidth to address scalability concerns ranks high.

That’s where networking pros come in. Network engineers and admins will be tasked with adding capacity (and/or finding new ways to optimize what they already have) and integrating new technologies into existing architectures. These networking tasks are critical to the success of Big Data initiatives.

Big Data is a priority at a majority of companies of all sizes. If it isn’t already top of mind at yours, it most likely will be in the coming months and years. That puts you in position to play a key enabling role. You’ll need to know the drivers behind Big Data adoption, the business cases for Big Data, and the types of Big Data appliances and technologies organizations are considering.

Want to learn all that and more? Download QuinStreet’s 2014 Big Data Outlook today.

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ENP editor Jude ChaoJude Chao is managing editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Follow her on Twitter @judechao.

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