Big Data Preview Issue

The combination of cloud computing, internet, and mobile devices is moving ever greater portions of our lives and businesses inside the data center. As a result, we are generating, and must analyze, vast and varied flows of information. The techniques developed to do this form the body of technology we refer to as “big data.” This ability to find insight beyond normal human grasp has caught the imagination of the public. Readers of the computing, business, and general press alike will find the term hard to escape this year.

The precise definition of “big data” is hazy, although I, like many others, have attempted to provide one:
Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. The data is too big, moves too fast, or doesn’t fit the strictures of your database architectures. To gain value from this data, you must choose an alternative way to process it.

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