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Hadoop, Big Data and Small Businesses

Aug 03, 2011, 19:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)

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"One of the reasons that people in small businesses do not want all of their data indexed is that some of their data is not meant for company-wide distribution, and if you are a public company or in the medical field, the possibility of violating Sarbanes-Oxley or HIPAA regulations and the resultant liability is scary.

"On the other hand, I want everyone in my company to be able to search all of the reports that I have on my laptop. Right now, there are no good answers for the SMB for addressing this type of problem, as such companies do not have a dedicated IT staff to move over the right data and not the wrong data. Rumor has it that there are appliances in our future that will address this problem, but they still require every employee to decide what others can see. What is really needed is a multiple level security (MLS) file system such as exists under SELinux, but that is another story for another day. Suffice it to say, we're a long way from an ideal small business search and indexing solution."

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