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Choosing Your On-Premises Big Data Form Factor — Cluster or Appliance?

Published: 21 November 2013

ID: G00248019

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Merv Adrian , Andrew Butler


As more mainstream organizations undertake a formal big data strategy, on-premises deployment models become paramount. Commodity scale-out clusters and vendor appliances have different profiles; choosing between them requires IT leaders to have a clear strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What Are Big Data Appliances and Big Data Clusters?


  • Selecting the Right Approach
  • Scaling Your Chosen Environment

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