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Big Data: How Big is Big?

August 15th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I came across a video on Youtube over the past weekend: Big Ideas: How Big is Big Data. Although coming with several mentions of EMC, it’s very well prepared and demonstrated with white-boarding, therefore worthwhile to share here.

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Some of the key points made from the video include:

  • The growth is accelerating. By 2020, there will be 50x more data than today.
  • Key drivers of big data include scientific research. CERN for example collects data at speed of 40 TB/S. (I assume not all the time but when important experiments are ongoing.)
  • Four important aspects of big data are: economics of scale, affordability, agility, extensibility.
  • Big data is not only about size, but also speed and variety of sources.
  • Big data is any attribute that challenges constraints of a system capability or business need.
  • Not all big data are the same in structure, and can be with iterative, incremental updates.
  • Unblocks Big Data’s value and drive more profits and savings by analysis to more precise action
  • The question “why shoudl I care about about big data?” should really be “How can I get closer to big data and start taking advantage of it?”

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  1. August 15th, 2012 at 01:33 | #1

    “big data recipe”:
    One part Dremel http://research.google.com/pubs/pub36632.html
    add http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_normalization
    stir in a degree in database design = difference btw fillet and flank

  1. September 25th, 2012 at 06:12 | #1