USASpending takes big data to the cloud
- By Rutrell Yasin
- May 21, 2012
The General Services Administration’s USASpending.gov is using the GCE Big Data and Analytics Cloud for storing and managing large volumes of data.
The USASpending.gov site provides a one-stop destination for the public to track and analyze federal spending information, including grants, contracts, direct loans and payments. The site is vital for delivering transparency on government activities to the public.
The GCE Big Data and Analytics Cloud is a scalable big data framework for storing and managing data and a toolset for performing search and analysis on that data.
What you need to know about big data
To lower the overall cost of running the USASpending site and simultaneously put in place a platform for rapid scalability, GCE relaunched the original site in April with the Hadoop-based GCE Big Data and Analytics Cloud.
Apache Hadoop is software that allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across clusters of computers. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, with computation and storage of pieces of the dataset taking place on each local machine.
“Given the large volume of information on contracts and grants transactions at USASpending.gov, GCE’s Big Data solution is ideally suited to meet current and future scalability requirements without sacrificing performance,” said Ray Muslimani, founder and CEO of GCE.
Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.