Kind of fun playing buzz word bingo. ”The Cloud” which honestly never really made any sense to me has been replaced by “Big Data”. At the risk of pointing out the obvious, big data is exactly what you might think it is – it is a large amount of data, more than you can typically handle with the resources you have available. The challenge is figuring out what to do with all of this stuff. Are you using all of the data you are collecting? Are you optimizing your business/process with the knowledge gained from analyzing the data? Can you analyzing it fast enough, and make changes quick enough for it to be a worthwhile exercise?
Some tools are being developed but the one that seems to be gaining traction is “Hadoop” from the Apache group (Welcome to Apache™ Hadoop™!). Hadoop is a framework that allows you to run applications across multiple machines – essentially giving you a bigger faster computer by piecing together a bunch of not so new and fast computers.
Here’s an image from The Economist’s Information summit in San Francisco: The new information architecture.
This is my first time using wordpress for a blog and I ran into a few issues getting it set up the way I wanted it all to work. The main problem is that for some unknown reason, wordpress insists on including the host name of the website in all of it’s URLs. The problem is that if you wanted to run the same website on more than one domain, it would not work. You could get to the site through multiple domain names, but once you were there, the domain name will change to the default name which is not really desirable. The other related problem is that it is hard to run the site behind a proxy as the the site is using the local/internal host names as opposed to the external ones. I spent quite a bit of time trying to resolve this issue and have found that I’m not alone in my frustrations. The fix I have decided to use – for now – is to simply change the ‘WordPress URL’ and the ’Site URL’ configuration param to be the same as the external host name. This isn’t exactly the best solution, but it does seem to work. This solution does not fix the multiple domain name problem though – but this is less critical at this point.