Tackling Data

by Garcello D
This article spreads some knowledge about accumulation of data in businesses. There is so much digital data that if it was broken down into bits there would be more data particles then stars in the universe. The problem is that there is no real way for businesses to stop this data agglomeration so they are faced with the hideous task of having to analyze the data. The reason they would want to analyze data in their business is so that they can accurately calculate their profit and losses, but also the demographic information on their worst and most loyal customers. All this data can be complicated to manage, but most importantly it can cause performance issues on a network that is crucial to the business. Furthermore the article gives some ways of how IT managers tend to deal with this issue, yet all of them come with a negative side effect for the business. In conclusion it goes over that the best way to solve this issue is not to add more and more hardware, but instead to approach the way we store the data in a different database formats.

I thought this article was relevant to the class because in our first week of lecture we will  learned about data and metadata within databases. It was interesting to see how too much data not being managed correctly harms both large and small business. I personally did not have to deal with data over flow or any type of data that bottlenecked a network that I was in charge of, but I will probably have to at some point in the future, therefore it was interesting to gain a little bit of knowledge about it. The article was also very simply written and straight forward; it presented a problem with an open ended solution to it.

Source:  Lynn, Samara. (2012, September 19).  1.8 Trillion Gigabytes of Data, and Growing.

Retrieved from: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409885,00.asp

5 thoughts on “Tackling Data

  • September 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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    This was very interesting. I especially like the part where you mention that there is more bits of data than stars in the sky. Good food for thought. I can definitely appreciate this because at my work we continued to buy more and more machine and hard drives yet never thought to just go through the data itself. Thanks for the post.

  • September 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm
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    Good post. Very informative. Never thought to compare data bits to the number of stars in the universe; that’s a lot. Managing data is more complicated than it sounds, and analyzing data sounds so tedious that it really it is. I guess there is no perfect way of managing data, but it is best to do what works best for one’s business. Your post relates well to this past week’s topics. Nice job Garcello.

  • September 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm
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    I agree with you that we should approach a new way to store data to make it more efficiently. Yes, we can have hundreds of hard drive to store data but it will not be efficient and costly. Good article.

  • September 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm
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    Great read, I agree that better classifying and organizing will work better than just simply adding hardware. With proper storage of categorized data, companies or individuals can retrieving data they need in a efficient way and it greatly reduce the cost too. As what I mentioned in my post of the Amazon’s Glacier Cloud Storage Service would be the new way to store data in a low cost and good efficient.

  • October 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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    It is interesting to learn about that storing data in columnar databases helps optimize the workload of analytics and searches and improve performance (speed) compared to traditional row-based databases. In Chapter 5 Physical Database Design and Performance we will learn about horizontal vs. vertical file organization, which shares similar idea with this, but from a hardware perspective.

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