Published on Mar 05,2014
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Let’s start off with some of the predictions made by big shots like IDC and Gartner for the year 2014.

  • Looking at IDC’s Top 10 Tech trends for 2014, one thing was obvious – Cloud is the most talked about trend for 2014. Be it personal Cloud or Hybrid Cloud, Cloud is a sizzling topic, next to Big Data of course!
  • Big Data and Cloud are one of the Top 10 most wanted IT Skill.
  • According to IDC’s CloudTrack survey, the cloud software industry is poised to grow five times faster than the software market as a whole through 2016 (to $67 billion) propelled by a 24 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
  • Gartner predicts 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created by 2015 to handle big data.
  • IDC predicts, Cloud spending will reach $100 billion over the coming year, resulting in never before opportunities for IT professionals.

Combining the two biggies in the IT field, namely Big Data and Cloud had become a phenomenal hit and has resulted in organization to scurry around to eat up its benefits. The recent announcement claiming that Hadoop is taking over the clouds, at the Hadoop World – Strata Conference Summit has further skyrocketed it popularity.  The relationship between Cloud and Big Data is becoming closer and closer as the data produced in the cloud is becoming vital to the success of Big Data technologies like Hadoop and Hadoop requires massive infrastructure to process that Big data which is available easily in Cloud.

Hadoop & Cloud Computing – Marriage Made in Heaven:

Big Data can be structured and efficiently utilized for analytics, providing new insights for a business with the help of Hadoop whereas Cloud Computing facilitates running of the IT systems in a cost-effective manner while providing greater productivity and flexibility.

  • While Hadoop is a much more affordable solution than a traditional warehouse for storing large amounts of data, the hardware, operational costs and expertise to set it up and run it can still be significant as well as time consuming. This is where Cloud Computing comes to play. Cloud computing combined with Hadoop allows small businesses to use Big Data without having to purchase and manage the hardware themselves.

With the adoption of Hadoop alongside with Cloud Computing has brought about changes to the requirements in the skill as well. As organizations continue to embrace the flexibility and accessibility of the Cloud and companies are now looking to combine the benefits of the cloud with the data processing and analytic power of the Apache Hadoop platform, the need for Hadoop skills along with Cloud is imminent.

In the present scenario, IT professionals for whom Big Data processing is important, are slowly trying to harness the power of Hadoop with Cloud computing and moving Big Data into the cloud.

Some Obvious Reasons for Combining Big Data/Hadoop with Cloud Computing:

  • Maturing market for both
  • Flexibility and Scalability
  • Cost Effective.
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Handling Batch Workloads Efficiently
  • Simplified Hadoop Operations
  • Handling Variable Resource Requirements
  • On demand & ubiquitous availability of massively scalable resources
  • Lower go to Market time and higher ROI

The above are just some of the reasons that makes Hadoop and Cloud Computing a match made in heaven and successful when it comes to dealing with Big Data.

Internet Giants and Hadoop-Cloud Computing:

Internet moguls like Google, Facebook and likes of them handle humongous datasets. There are probably billions of requests every day that need to be processed and these datasets would be around Petabytes scale. Such organizations rely on Cloud Computing for obtaining the needed scalability and performance. The seamless scalability of Cloud provides the perfect framework for processing humongous datasets and at the same time eliminating the need for expensive infrastructure and software. Hadoop has unanimously become the best choice for open source Cloud Computing, offering a large platform for large scale data crunching.  Hadoop has become a true enterprise computing platform as it is able to run all kinds of concurrent workloads.

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, organizations are seriously looking at shifting their workloads to the Cloud and coupled with Hadoop, which has gained a lot of interest as a Big Data technology that can help organizations cost-effectively store and analyze massive amounts of data.

Fresh Changes in the Job Scenario

The success of the Hadoop-Cloud Computing combo, has led to multiple openings and opportunities for Big Data and other IT professionals.

  • 2014 IT hiring trends include an increasing IT security need, Big Data boom and an increasing number of people using the Cloud.
  • IT professionals or Big Data professional who had been vying for top jobs should go for Hadoop with Cloud Computing in order to tap these opportunities and successfully accelerate their career.
  • Some of the jobs roles that are presently in demand and will be in demand in the near future are IT security, Database Administration, Software and Application Development, Project management, Virtualization, and Consulting.
  • The current IT trend shows the exponential growth pattern in programming and software skills with major demand being for Hadoop and Cloud Computing certified Big Data professionals.

What Gartner’s Say on Big Data and Cloud

Mr. Sondergaard, SVP, Gartner Research, said, “Cloud is not merely about cost-cutting, the end game is not just cheap on-demand services. In fact, 90 percent of these services are still subscription based, not pay-as-you-go. We are just at the beginning of realizing the cost benefits of cloud, but organizations moving to the cloud are also attracted by the new capabilities they do not get today. Cloud also teaches us about services and service levels, and the contrast between what the business wants for outcomes versus IT’s old methods of getting there.”

Big data is about looking ahead, beyond what everybody else sees,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “You need to understand how to deal with hybrid data, meaning the combination of structured and unstructured data, and how you shine a light on ‘dark data.’”


The above predictions covers the market trend, job skills and IT spending on each of them. Each of the prediction provides a sunny forecast for Hadoop and Cloud Computing. The need for Hadoop with Cloud Computing skill has become essential and a means to accelerate Big Data professional’s career.

Here are some related posts on Cloud computing and Big Data that you might find useful: What is Cloud Computing?, Big Data in 2014 and Busting myths about Hadoop. 

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