August 15, 2011
Being able to store and manage massive amounts of Big Data is one thing; finding a way to make it accessible to developers is quite another. Major vendors such as SAP and IBM are in a race to create a framework that will make it simpler for developers to invoke a layer of services that will allow developers to access data regardless of what format it is stored in without having to, for example, learn arcane interfaces such as MapReduce.
Throwing hardware at performance issues is a time honored tradition among developers. In most recent times, the type of hardware being thrown at those problems is Flash memory that comes in a wide variety of formats. The challenge, of course, is that most existing applications were written for magnetic storage. To take advantage of Flash storage developers frequently have to rework their applications.