Jul
17

SolrCloud Terminology

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Ryan Tabora

What is SolrCloud? While the ability to shard a logical Solr index is an excellent feature, managing it can prove to be quite challenging. Managing a distributed Solr cluster pre-SolrCloud meant facing a number of complex challenges: * Maintaining a consistent view of the index – Updates and deletes must be directed to the correct…

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Jul
16

How Big Data is Different – the Technology

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Field Cady, Douglas Moore, and Ryan Tabora

When a dataset gets too big for your computer to handle comfortably, there are a lot ways to speed up a computation.  You can add RAM, remove other processes, or overclock the CPU.  You can even upgrade to the fastest processor on the market.   But at some point these are all quick fixes; they might…

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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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