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Condusiv Technologies CEO: "Big Data Tsunami Offers Promises, Problems"
An estimated 40 zettabytes (43 trillion gigabytes) of data will be created by 2020 (an increase of 300 times the amount of data in circulation in 2005), at a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes per day. "The explosion in big data is both good news and bad news," says James D'Arezzo, CEO of Condusiv Technologies. "It will make possible advances in dozens of fields, but it will also present serious challenges to the economy's already overburdened IT sector." D'Arezzo, whose company is a world leader in I/O reduction and SQL database performance, adds, "Collecting data won't be much of a problem. The real issue will be storage, accessibility and performance." 

 A major contributor to the boom in data collection and analysis, notes D'Arezzo, is the Internet of Things (IoT), through which devices-refrigerators, automobiles, home security systems, health monitors, etc.-communicate with one another and with computer systems. According to experts in the data center services industry, the next decade will be an inflection point in digitization, in which the growth of hyper cloud providers will mushroom to meet the demand created-in part-by the IoT.

One field being heavily impacted by both the IoT and the need for big data analytics is healthcare. More digital tools are being brought into health IT ecosystems for both patients and clinicians to use. More medical images, which take up a tremendous amount of storage space, are also being produced. Human genome sets alone consist of hundreds of gigabytes, and the amount of sequence data is doubling every seven to nine months. Meanwhile, many healthcare institutions cannot afford the cost or lack the space to add enough physical servers to keep up with the demands of big data.

In the business sector, a major across-the-board function-marketing-has gone from being a largely analog and promotional activity to a heavily digitized means of delivering business growth. In the process, marketing has come to rival, and may soon surpass, traditional IT as a center for technology spend. A recent Gartner Group study suggests that marketing leaders now devote a portion of their expense budget to technology equal to 3.24% of total enterprise revenue, just barely behind the current CIO technology spend of 3.4% of revenue.

Social media companies, most of whose business models are centered around the sale and use of data analytics, are both major users of, and investors in, infrastructure designed to keep up with the burgeoning universe of data. It has been estimated that Facebook, for example, spends somewhere above $1.5 billion per month on hosting-related costs.

All told, it is estimated that 86 million U.S. workers now perform jobs that require the regular use of a computer. A recent survey of global IT managers suggests that degraded system performance due to slow processing of database applications costs each of these workers an average of fifteen minutes per day; at the current median salary of $58,000, that represents an annual time loss equivalent to $1,812 per worker, or almost $156 billion across the economy. Given the pressures of the big data boom, that productivity loss may soon increase dramatically. But it will not increase evenly, and those who fail to recoup endangered productivity will soon face a steepening competitive disadvantage.

"To keep up, not just with the overall demands of big data but with their nimblest competitors, organizations will have to get the most out of their IT technology," says D'Arezzo. "Part of the solution may be buying new hardware, but there are quicker and more cost-effective things IT system managers can do. One is to implement software that reduces input and output, which can improve performance dramatically. We are the world leader in this area, and we have seen users of our software solutions more than double the I/O capability of storage and servers, including SQL servers, in their current configurations."
Published Monday, May 07, 2018 7:52 AM by David Marshall
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