Top 5: a look back on big data and the cloud

As we approach the end of the year, GigaOM Pro content on big data and cloud computing has enjoyed a surge in popularity, as readers revisit the year’s developments in the infrastructure sphere, and speculate about future platforms, services and use cases slated for 2012. Derrick Harris, GigaOM Pro’s Infrastructure Curator and one of our top Analysts, has contributed several of the week’s most popular content. His latest research note focuses on the growing importance of data as a currency, and at five major issues that legislators, businesses, and innovators will have to consider as data plays an ever-increasing role in our lives as consumers, workers and citizens.

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More hot topics on GigaOM Pro:

Microsoft Azure: What it is, what it costs and who should care: Derrick Harris’s look at Microsoft’s cloud computing service, released earlier this spring, offers a comparative look at Azure in relation to competitors such as AWS and Rackspace.

Defining Hadoop: the players, technologies and challenges of 2011: With Hadoop set to rise as a major industry player in the cloud space, Derrick Harris’s look at Hadoop in 2011 provides speculative analysis for the future of the popular framework.

2012: the year of confusion for NFC payments: Near field communication payments have been rising in popularity across the globe; Ryan Kim’s article investigates some of the major challenges to implementing the payment system in the US.

The rise of tablets in the enterprise: Published in June, Colin Gibbs’s piece explores the growing popularity of tablets in light of the wildly successful iPad 2 – and how enterprise will adopt the technology moving forward.