Nobody ever got fired for buying a cluster – Microsoft Research

In the last decade we have seen a huge deployment of cheap clusters to run data analytics workloads. The conventional wisdom in industry and academia is that scaling out using a cluster is better for these workloads than scaling up by adding more resources to a single server. Popular analytics infrastructures such as Hadoop are aimed at such a cluster scale-out environment, and in today’s world nobody gets fired for adopting a cluster solution.      

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