The General Services Administration has moved its USASpending.gov site, which tracks and analyzes federal expenditures, to a privately owned big data cloud, officials announced Monday.
Hadoop is the basis of most systems for analyzing large amounts of unstructured data. Agencies and businesses often employ Hadoop-enabled systems in proprietary data centers or in regular infrastructure clouds.
The value of a big data cloud is the vendor can both store the customer’s data and perform day-by-day analysis of it, said Ray Muslimani, chief executive of GCE, the company hosting USASpending.gov.
In this case, GCE is taking in federal spending data from a variety of sources, including the Federal Procurement Data System, on a daily or weekly basis and recombining and analyzing that data based on citizen search queries on USASpending.
USASpending completed the move in April, Muslimani said.