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How Governments Use Big Data to Keep Citizens Safe

When it comes to the topic of big data, many people still view its collection as invading their privacy. Throughout recent years, the US government has come under fire for acquiring an increasing amount of data about its citizens. Back in 2000, studies showed that information collection was rising at record paces. Indeed, ever since 2013, the acquisition of big data is anticipated to double with each new year.

Why do governments need this quantity of information? Within the American public, there appear to be widespread misconceptions about big data. As a term, “big data” simply refers to complex data sets, which can’t be analyzed by traditional processing means. Once reviewed, this immense amount of data is meant to fully reveal patterns, trends, and connections, specifically in relation to people and their societal interactions. Overall, the US government gathers this data to keep its citizens safe, rather than snooping into their personal lives. We’ve listed several examples below for your consideration. Read More

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Data Backup and Security: The Importance of Outsourcing Data Management

We certainly are in the age of big data: more than 90% of the world’s data has been created over the last several years, and the amount of data is doubling roughly every two years. By 2020, IDC estimates that we will produce 44 zettabytes of data every year — that’s 44 trillion gigabytes! This includes all of the data that humans produce through various online activities, in addition to the data collected by Internet of Things devices. Read More

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The Risks of Data Centers in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare generates big data, but is still behind in effectively and securely managing and analyzing electronic health records, test results, emails, private communications, and research. Healthcare organizations and hospitals are turning to data centers to safely store information on and off campuses. Read More

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The Data Behind Streaming Success

When you watch streaming content, you are looking at the product of big data. It takes huge amounts of data to deliver and tabulate the content, and it takes algorithms to plan which content to deliver. The biggest success story to emerge from that big data model for entertainment is Netflix. Read More

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Linux Clusters Driving the Big Data Revolution

Big data is frequently discussed in data centers across the country. Whenever IT professionals are talking about it, the topic of Linux clusters cannot be far off. In recent years, big data is the term that has come to represent extremely large sets of data. In the past, the technology to capture and analyze this often fast-moving data did not exist; therefore the data was discarded or ignored. Read More

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