Monday, April 22, 2013
Big data analytics requires effective data migration
Big data analytics is, without question, one of the most significant technological trends currently occurring. Firms in every industry and of all sizes are increasingly investing in these tools and strategies as the potential benefits become more apparent. With big data analytics, firms can gain invaluable insight into their audiences, industries and operations by leveraging unstructured and semistructured data that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Yet as many organizations have come to discover, achieving success with big data analytics is easier said than done, and requires significant preparation and attention to detail. As numerous industry observers have noted, a successful big data analytics program requires dedicated, experienced personnel, and these professionals are in short supply. Without this human resource, though, a given big data analytics program is unlikely to yield satisfactory results.
However, there is another, equally important yet often overlooked element to successful big data analytics systems, and that is secure, immediate data migration.
At first glance, the need for data availability is obvious. Without access to big data, analytics systems and personnel cannot possibly produce meaningful results.
Where the issue becomes complicated is in terms of how this goal is actually achieved. The problem is that legacy methods of data sharing and sending are simply not capable of meeting the needs of big data systems. They lack the bandwidth and other capabilities necessary, with the result being delayed data sharing. And because big data's value is so closely tied to the freshness of the information, such bottlenecks can have a tremendously negative impact on the overall utility of big data systems.
Additionally, businesses need to pay close attention to the security of their big data resources. Along with businesses, cybercriminals have also become increasingly aware of the value inherent in big data stores. They are consequently making efforts to acquire this information with increasing regularity and intensity. Considering the potential damage which can be wrought by a data breach, it is critical for firms to do everything in their power to protect their big data from unauthorized personnel. And as with data migration, legacy systems are often not well-suited to the task of protecting such massive information loads.
That is why it is so essential for firms to pursue dedicated solutions for their big data migration needs. These tools must not only be capable of moving large information sets quickly and effectively, but also ensuring the protection of that data when it is in motion, as this is when big data is most vulnerable.
It is therefore in the best interest of businesses eager to leverage big data analytics to make the procurement and use of secure file transfer tools a priority. These solutions, designed specifically to meet the needs of big data movement, can guarantee the security of information as it is sent and received by individuals and departments within a given organization.