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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2011

2011 found the storage industry making big bets on the future, including acquisitions and investments, new technologies, new vendors, and new markets.

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10. Big Data Gets Really Big

Actually, this is less about the rise of big data, and more about the rise of the awareness of big data.

"Big data" is data which scales to multiple petabytes of capacity and is created or collected, is stored, and is collaborative in real time. Big data typically consists of unstructured data, which includes text, audio and video files, photographs, and other data which is not easy to handle using traditional database management tools.

Big data is the fastest growing part of data storage, and is also the messiest part to handle because of the need to gain insight from some many different types of data. That has pushed several major vendors including EMC and Hitachi Data Systems to look to open source, especially the Apache Hadoop project.

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