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Lessons Learned From A Decade’s Worth of Big Data At The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)

Adam Fuchs (Sqrrl)
Hadoop & Beyond Gramercy Suite
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During my time working on Accumulo and earlier projects at the NSA, I developed four key lessons learned related to building Big Data infrastructure and applications. I recommend that any infrastructure manager or computer scientist embarking on a new Big Data project consider these as they get started.

1. Start small, but design for scalability
2. Refine schemas iteratively
3. Use discovery analytics as application building blocks
4. Focus on data-centric security

During this discussion, I will go through each of these four points and discuss my lessons learned about how to effectively apply them when architecting a Big Data strategy.

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Adam Fuchs


Adam Fuchs is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Sqrrl. Previously at the National Security Agency, Adam was an innovator and technical director for several database projects, handling some of the world’s largest and most diverse data sets. He is a co-founder of the Apache Accumulo project. Adam has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and has completed extensive graduate-level course work at the University of Maryland. In his spare time, Adam enjoys racing sailboats, trail running, and getting lost in the woods.

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Marek K Kolodziej
10/30/2013 4:33pm EDT

Would it be possible to post the slides here, like the other speakers have?


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