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A Business Analytics Infrastructure Guide

A Business Analytics Infrastructure Guide

Performing analytics functions on huge quantities of data is one of the most intensive jobs that a processor can perform.  So it doesn’t help when businesses that have begun to embrace the “big data” ethic of running everything on commodity hardware (i.e., stuff you piece together from the closet) set a negative example by dialing down their own processing capability. 

Data warehouses and analytics processors should be provided by separate servers performing designated roles, whether they’re on-premise, virtualized, or in the cloud.  Keeping roles distinguished, rather than amalgamating them together, not only helps your data center function, but is easier to accomplish and administer than before.  This fact will ease your decision-making process somewhat, as you can now concentrate on which processors or compute power are appropriate for specific tasks.

Scott M. Fulton, III has chronicled the history of computing as it happened, from the unveiling of the Apple III to the undoing of MS-DOS to the rise of the cloud.  Scott was one of the original online managers of the Delphi network (you remember modems, don’t you?), part of the original editorial team of Computer Shopper (you remember paper, don’t you?), the Senior News Editor at Tom’s Hardware and the original TG Daily (you remember... never mind), and for four years served as managing editor of Betanews.  He’s the author of 17 books and over 5,000 articles printed worldwide in multiple languages.  Scott also appears as contributing technology analyst on NTN24’s Ciencia, Salud y Tecnología.  So basically, he has at least one finger in just about every medium, in hopes that maybe one of them will take root and bear fruit.  You never know, something could happen.  His fingers are crossed.  (Which could explain the typing problems.)  While he’s waiting, Scott and his wife Jennifer, herself a best-selling author (where do you think he gets it?), run Ingenus, LLC, an editorial services provider for technology and higher education publishers.  Right now, their daughter is probably on Tumblr telling her friends how Dad keeps finding something new to go wrong with his VCR. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @SMFulton3.

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