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Big Data is a daunting prospect for businesses of all sizes. A little over fifteen years ago, John Mashey told us that the volume of data created by human beings far outstrips our ability to make use of it. The Library of Congress processes 2.5 petabytes of data annually- and every item bears metadata. This load is set to increase by 400% in the coming years. The library stores information on 15,000 to 18,000 spinning disks attached to 600 servers in two data centers. Over 90% of the data, or more than 3PB, is stored on a fiber-attached SAN. View more…