Data and information management have lately been making tremendous leaps in scale and scope, which we’ve been hearing about largely through terms like “cloud computing” and “big data.”

With kudos to new takes on software and data optimization techniques (like virtualization, compression and columnar storage) the buzz coming from “big data” can take most of its credit from hardware advancements, notably 64-bit CPU, multicore processing, server parallelism and storage in new formats like solid-state disk and flash.

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