Big, Simple or Elastic?

I recently audited Learning Tree’s Hadoop Development course. That course is listed under the “Big Data” curriculum. It was a pretty good course. During the course, though, I got to thinking “What is ‘Big Data’ anyway?” As far as I have been able to deduce, many things that come from Google have the prefix “Big” (e.g. […]
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Big Data on Azure – HDInsight

The HDInsight service on Azure has been in preview for some time. I have been anxious to start working with it as the idea of being able to leverage Hadoop using my favorite .NET programming language has a great appeal. Sadly I had never been able to successfully launch a cluster. Not, that is, until […]
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Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket

As I prepare to teach Learning Tree’s Power Excel course in Rockville next week I have been taking a closer look at PowerPivot. Since the course now uses Excel 2013 we have expanded the coverage of PowerPivot which is now included with Excel. In 2010 it had been a separate add-in. So what, you may […]
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What is NoSQL ?

Today saw the release of Spring Hadoop, the Spring Frameworks support for working with Hadoop. This is an addition to the Spring Data project that provides support for working with the now many non-relational data storage facilities available to application developers. These storage solutions are often termed NoSQL, Big Data, Big Table and Cloud Storage […]
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Big Data Does Not Have to Be Big Data

A term that is receiving a lot of attention in the Computing media at the moment is Big Data. This term can be misleading because it gives the impression of being related to extremely large data sets that traditional relational databases cannot scale to and data which is maybe unstructured as well. All the major […]
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