Moving Big Data to the Cloud

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing, rapidly emerging as a new computation paradigm, provides agile and scalable resource access in a utility-like fashion, especially for the processing of big data. An important open issue here is how to efficiently move the data, from different geographical locations over time, into a cloud for effective processing. The de facto approach of hard drive shipping is not flexible, nor secure. This work studies timely, cost-minimizing upload of massive, dynamically-generated, geo-dispersed data into the cloud, for processing using a MapReduce-like framework.

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