Review: Written by Sam Sliman, President, Optimal Solutions
July 23, 2012
Understand Big Data and the Next Generation of IT
If you are looking to understand the next generation of information technology and the hype surrounding “Big Data”, look no further than Hasso Plattner and Alexander Zeier’s groundbreaking book, “In-Memory Data Management: Technology and Applications”. As the authors demonstrate, processor power and memory capacity have reached inflection points where we can realistically envision a new world of applications built on in-memory technology that are capable of crunching massive amounts of data in real time. They articulate for us just how critical in-memory breakthroughs are to this next phase of technological progress and describe in fascinating detail the basic design of a prototype columnar storage database that makes use of advanced compression algorithms and multi-core processing to turbocharge both analytical and transaction processing systems. It is easy to envision the new world of enterprise, analytical, cloud and mobile applications that leverage in-memory technology to put information and insight into the hands of users instantaneously. And in 2012 few can disagree with the last chapter, “The In-Memory Revolution Has Begun”, when you see the very real-life success of the SAP HANA platform that is based on the concepts in this revolutionary book. It should be required reading for anyone working at the intersection of business and technology today.
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