Amazon's Hadoop Move a Game-changer


Amazon introduces Elastic MapReduce, "a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data."

It's kind of a big deal, says Dana Gardner: "Think of it as having your own tuned supercomputer that you can plug gigantic data sets into and ask questions that will determine the course of your businesses for the next decade. Oh, and you can pay for the pleasure on a credit card."

Want to know more about MapReduce and Hadoop, the open source effort behind it? See Dave Carr's slideshow on the topic.

And while your at it, go back and read a Carr classic: How Google Works.