What is Big Data?

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Big Data Seen Creating Value infographic by supermarketnews. Big Data is game changing, but understanding how is the challenge facing private businesses and public sector organisations wishing to get more value from their data real-estate. Many organisations are sitting on a wealth of information about their customers that remains untapped and dormant. Formulating and actualizing   …Continue Reading

Blistering IOPs for AWS

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This caught my eye this morning as I was doing my usual trawl of news updates. Amazon are now offering an EBS-optimized instance on which you can provision 1TB of storage and up to 4,000 IOPs. With this performance increase you can effectively upgrade your Cassandra or Hadoop clusters pretty easily and avail of a   …Continue Reading

Cassandra Dublin Meetup v2

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The other evening I attended my second Cassandra Dublin User’s meetup. DogPatch labs were housing the event and Alan Giles from Boxever kicked off the proceedings. He covered Boxever’s se of Cassandra the highlight of which for me was the use of RAMDisk for test clusters. They cover this in more detailĀ hereĀ ( That fired off   …Continue Reading