Over the last little while, we have become used to seeing discussions of data and storage for Big Data. As if Big Data possesses a unique set of challenges around the acquisition, management, replication, and protection of the data. And so it does.
Because after reviewing the latest set of statistics from the 2011 Digital Universe study it is clear that the challenges (or "opportunities" as Chuck put it on a recent call) faced by Big Data users today are going to be the same challenges that most enterprise IT shops are going to have face in the years to come.
So for the long term thinkers in the backup and recovery community, I think there is some value in paying attention to the problems that Big Data users face with respect to the backup and recovery of their data sets, because their solutions and their answers are likely to shape enterprise data protection in the years to come.