CenturyLink is launching big data-as-a-service using Cloudera’s managed service platform. The telco plans to use the service to help companies rapidly analyze large and complex data sets.
Many companies lack in-house data experts. And the need for analytics is growing as enterprises deploy Internet of Things (IoT) platforms that have data-intensive workloads. In a 2016 survey by CrowdFlower, as reported by MIT News, data scientists said that on average they spend 80 percent of their time collecting and organizing data and only 20 percent analyzing it.
CenturyLink’s big data offering will be supported by the telecom company’s analytics consulting team and will use CenturyLink’s network connectivity as well as the company’s bare metal servers, which provide private cloud environments.
The company will offer workshops to help customers assess their needs and will then work with the client to build a data platform that addresses all areas including data ingest, storage, and access.
CenturyLink isn’t the only company looking at ways to exploit the big data opportunity. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) last August bought big data analytics company SGI for $275 million to strengthen its position in high performance computing and data analytics.