The eight must-have elements for resilient big data apps


As big data applications move from proof-of-concept to production, resiliency becomes an urgent concern. When applications lack resiliency, they may fail when data sets are too large, they lack transparency into testing and operations, and they are insecure. As a result, defects must be fixed after applications are in production, which wastes time and money.

The solution is to start by building resilient applications: robust, tested, changeable, auditable, secure, performant, and monitorable. This is a matter of philosophy and architecture as much as technology. Here are the key dimensions of resiliency that I recommend for anyone building big data apps.

1. Define a blueprint for resilient applications

The first step is to create a systemic enterprise architecture and methodology for how your company approaches big data applications. What data are you after? What kinds of analytics are most important? How will metrics, auditing, security and operational features be built in?…

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