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Integrating Hadoop by Jake Dolezal, William McKnight

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4 Loading Data into Hadoop

Advantages of Data Integration Tools

As with any task or trade, it is important to have good tools for the job. Robust, powerful, efficient tools can make all the difference in the speed and quality of any work. Big data integration is no exception.

One of the chief benefits of big data open platforms, especially Apache Hadoop, is that they are relatively inexpensive. However, low prices have their own hidden costs: complexity, steep learning curves, development and support talent, longer time-to-value, etc. Therefore, an enterprise looking to step into or maximize an investment in big data and Hadoop should leverage good tools to lessen the “costs” or trade-offs of a big data implementation.

The first advantage ...

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