Jul
12

Intro To HDFS and MapReduce

Posted on July 12, 2013 by Ryan Tabora

Everyone is talking about big data and tools like Hadoop. With the number of discussions floating around it can be tough to make basic sense of terms like MapReduce, Hadoop, Distributed Computing, HDFS and other terms people like to use to describe their work with big data. Here at Think Big, we specialize in making…

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Jul
10

Solr vs ElasticSearch

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Ryan Tabora

Background The first thing you should know about Solr and ElasticSearch is that they are competing search servers. Both ElasticSearch and Solr are built on top of Lucene, so many of their core features are identical. If you are unfamiliar, Lucene is a search engine packaged together in a set of jar files. Many custom…

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Jul
3

What Are Big Datasets?

Posted on July 3, 2013 by Dan Mallinger

At conferences and on client campuses, I am frequently cornered by people seeking to understand if they have Big Data.  Is their data “big?”  Do they need a tool like Hadoop?   At the heart of the confusion is a simple question: How big does a dataset need to be to be considered a “Big…

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