WinterCorp Special Report:

Big Data—What Does It Really Cost?



Determining a total solution cost for an analytic data solution


There are two major platform architectures for implementing big data analytics: the data warehouse and Hadoop. A key challenge is choosing which of these big data solutions to use for a specific analytic application. In this WinterCorp Report, a framework for determining the total cost of data (TCOD) is presented, factoring in not only all system-related costs but also the software-related cost of developing the analytic business solution, including the cost of developing the applications, queries, and analytics that use the data.

The report presents two big data application examples and shows how each would be implemented using 1) data warehouse technology and 2) Hadoop. It then calculates the five-year TCOD for each solution.



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Richard Winter

Led by President and Founder, Richard Winter, WinterCorp specializes in big data and large scale data warehousing. All engagements are led personally by Richard Winter. WinterCorp is committed to the highest standards of quality in all its offerings and services. WinterCorp’s leadership team all consists of career experts in data management. Our architects and engineers have deep expertise in analytic data management and big data, with an engineering focus on performance, scalability and data availability. For more info, go to:

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