Big Data Storage: Machine Learning and Scalable NAS

Big data definitions shift over time. When it first came into vogue, one of the definitions was simply a lot of data residing on primary systems. An updated definition is large data stores and/or datasets that are subject to active business processes like analytics. Now a growing subclass of big data is shifting the definition again: machine data. Yale Professor Daniel Abadi defines machine data as “data that is generated as a result of a decision of an independent computational agent or a measurement of an event that is not caused by a human action.” In other words, humans invent the machines (this is not Skynet) but machines generate data without human input. Machine data is massive and never-ending, generating data from 1 trillion embedded sensors throughout the world as…

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