Cloud computing has been growing at a rapid pace and one big aspect of this has been it role in facilitating big data analysis. This type of technology can be used to uncover strategic information a business may not know about its customers, its market and even its own operations. help improve how security works across the company.
Gartner has predicted that the big data industry will attract $28 billion in spending this year, with that figure set to rise to $34 billion in 2013. The research firm suggested most of the spending is bringing in traditional solutions, while only $4.3 billion in software sales are driven by big data initiatives. Even so, the areas where this industry has thrived have been great for it, as big data is the most significant tool for social network and content analysis. This makes up 45 percent of new big data spending every year, whereas application infrastructure and middleware make up about 10 percent of what businesses spend every year.
"Despite the hype, big data is not a distinct, stand-alone market, [but it] represents an industry wide market force which must be addressed in products, practices and solution delivery," said Mark Beyer, research vice president at Gartner. "In 2011, big data formed a new driver in almost every category of IT spending. However, through 2018, big data requirements will gradually evolve from differentiation to 'table stakes' in information management practices and technology. By 2020, big data features and functionality will be non-differentiating and routinely expected from traditional enterprise vendors and part of their product offerings."
Big data as security savior
Writing for CRN.com, IT industry veteran Mike Reagan said businesses should no longer wonder if their network or data security defenses will be breached, as it may only be a matter of time before disaster strikes. With this in mind, the website said planning is becoming necessary for internet security within a business. With a quality big data solution working for a business, the IT department will be able to see what is happening in real time and intervene at critical moments to mitigate the damage.
Reagan said with this type of situational awareness, companies can have a renewed sense of confidence. However, successful administration require tight and consistent integration of security tools and appliances to eliminate any potential blind spots.
"Today’s rapidly advancing cyber threat landscape requires IT security teams to employ an adaptive intelligence framework that takes big data security analytics beyond just after-the-fact forensic investigation and applies it in real time to recognize the indicators of an advanced threat or breach," he wrote on CRN.com.
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