Post by George Crump (thank you)
Hadoop, first used by large cloud providers like Yahoo, Facebook and Google, is designed to allow massive amounts of compute resources to process very large, unstructured datasets. The technology is now firmly entrenched in government agencies and is now working its way into more traditional enterprise IT. The goal of a Hadoop project is to improve decision making by providing rapid and accurate answers. The larger the data set the more accurate those answers. The more servers that can be applied to that task the faster those decisions can be made.
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