Now that the cloud computing bandwagon is out of gas, vendors have jumped on the next one to roll down the pike: Big Data. And as with previous hype cycles, Big Data is now a source of confusion for users as vendors put forth their own unique and often conflicting definitions of the term.
The most common source of confusion results from the conflation of Big Data storage with Big Data analytics. The term “Big Data” originated from within the open source community, where there was an effort to develop analytics processes that were faster and more scalable than traditional data warehousing, and could extract value from the vast amounts of unstructured data produced daily by web users.
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