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BLOG: Big data means big challenges in lifecycle management

James Kobielus | Aug. 16, 2013
No matter what its size or variety, data must still be managed through its lifecycle, even when the tools are immature.

I also take issue with the pundits who think the big data revolution will eliminate the need for any of us to delete any data unless we truly want to. Yes, it seems as if big data will continue to grow exponentially forevermore. It also seems as if big data platforms will continue to drop precipitously in cost. But I seriously doubt the cost of implementing and managing a big data cloud will ever drop to absolute zero.

If my hunch is correct, we won't ever be able to save every last scrap of the seemingly infinite, never-ending stream of big data pouring into the cloud — even if we wanted to. Life cycles have an end, which is a key reason we need ILM in the first place.


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