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Hadoop is a way to store large amounts of data – and by large, we mean terabytes and petabytes of data. To give you some perspective on how much data that is, What's A Byte defines a terabyte as approximately a trillion bytes - enough to hold 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica. A petabyte is approximately 1,000 terabytes and can hold 500 billion pages of standard printed text. Hadoop's storage system is called Hadoop Distributed File System. Obviously, that isn't your typical amount of data. Hadoop is used when you need to deal with machine-generated data.

Hadoop is a hot topic right now, in the tech press and in the minds of IT organizations with large amounts of data. What is Hadoop and why should business leaders care? Loraine Lawson has broken down the reasons in nine easy to understand facts.

 

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