The Wind Up
One of the key benefits of Hadoop is its capacity for storing large quantities of data. With HDFS (the Hadoop Distributed File System), Hadoop clusters are capable of reliably storing petabytes of your data.
A popular usage of that immense storage capability is storing and building history for your datasets. You can not only utilize it to store years of data you might currently be deleting, but you can also build on that history! And, you can structure the data within a Hadoop-native tool like Hive and give analysts SQL-querying ability to that mountain of data! And it’s pretty cheap!
…And the Pitch!
In this tutorial, we’ll walk through why this is beneficial, and how we can implement it on a technical level in Hadoop. Something for the business guy, something for the developer tasked with making the dream come true.
The point of Hadoopsters is to teach concepts related to big data, Hadoop, and analytics. To some, this article will be too simple — low hanging fruit for the accomplished dev. This article is not necessarily for you, captain know-it-all — it’s for someone looking for a reasonably worded, thoughtfully explained how-to on building data history in native Hadoop. We hope to accomplish that here.
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