When we upload, download, store, update, develop new technologies to be used in our daily computing lives, all the information and data are stored on servers. Now imagine all important functions that are needed and used by the government, military, financial institutions, schools, public service, social security and other services - these institutions are keeping large quantity data to be used and stored to make our life easier. Every day all around the world, we create around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data and information. The quantity is so big that experts say 905 of the data in the world at present was created in the last two years! All these data came from digital pictures, videos, POS records, mobile GPS signals, social media posts and shout outs, climate information, news feeds, science and research, file sharing and uploading and other things that we do with our computers. This is what we call big data.
Big data, as the name implies is a collection of data sets that is very large and complex of unstructured and structured data that cannot be processed using traditional or on hand database management and traditional processing applications. The term when used by vendors usually refers to the technology that can handle large amounts of data and storage facilities. If ever you think of it, with millions of computer users, internet users and all this technology, how do we manage such large amounts of information. Big data sizes are constantly changing, from 2012 there were a few terabytes to petabytes of data in a single data set. Improvements in the traditional database management system (DBMS) and the introduction of new databases, the ability of handling larger amounts of data is in reach. There still some difficulty in implementing new tools thus new platforms is being developed to handle different types of large data.
Big Data Applied To Business
Analyst Doug Laney defined data growth as three dimensional but by 2012, the definition was updated to be four definitive characteristics of big data.
- Volume - any enterprise or large organizations are amassed with large quantities of data everyday reaching from terabytes to petabytes.
- Velocity and speed - speed is the key In making decisions that are based on solid results from information and data gathered.
- Variety - any type of data, it can be structured or unstructured.
- Veracity - there are times that decision makers donât trust the information they have to make decisions. Trusting a well researched backed by solid analytic will make decision making easier.
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