How to manage big data overload

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Complex requirements and relentless demands for capacity vex storage administrators. Here's how to handle the data deluge.

The nuts and bolts of systems designed for storing petabytes (and more) of data that can be easily accessed and analyzed are more complex than the inner workings of your average storage platform. Here's how to handle the data deluge.

It used to be only for scientists, Internet giants and the mega-social-media set -- Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Shutterfly. But now, more and more enterprises of all kinds are aiming to gain a competitive edge by tapping into big data in hopes of unearthing the valuable information it can hold. Today, companies such as Walmart, Campbell Soup, Pfizer, Merck and convenience store chain Wawa have big plans for their big data.

Some are venturing into big data analytics to respond to customers faster, keep better track of customer information or get new products to market quicker.

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