Semiconductor fabrication plants build devices with billions of components, each 1000x smaller than the human hair, with some features that are only a few atoms across. They are the most highly automated manufacturing environments in the world: In large fabs, time-series sensor data alone tops 50 TB/day, and combining that data with subject-matter-expertise fast enough to keep the automated production equipment functioning, is a major and growing challenge. The level of collaboration required to build high-performance real-time analytics, combined with the IP-sensitive nature of the data, results in a unique DataOps environment, where the use of Cloud resources serves to complicate rather than simplify the value equation. We’ll explore some of the challenges, and discuss the attributes of a PaaS that could help the industry tackle its fast-data challenges.