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Gary Orenstein’s weekend GigaOM post on Hadoop, as well as some other recent posts on the software, got me thinking about the role Hadoop will play outside its web home. In my previous job covering grid computing, I came across dozens of data-mining projects in fields as diverse as literature and medicine, and even more projects — many in the corporate sector — that fused compute intensity with data intensity. I have to think applying Hadoop to these types of projects will reap rewards well beyond what straight grid computing could do, especially in low-latency areas where the data layer represented an unacceptable bottleneck.