Cloud computing, virtualization, and Big Data are three tech buzzwords that have created a major role in the industry. The former two have been around for quite some time now, while the latter—Big Data ñ is a concept that has started to gain traction in the same area.
So, what is Big Data?
In general, Big Data refers collectively to the massive growth of stored data in the computing world.
In a report presented by enterprise storage infrastructure provider EMC in 2010, the entire digital universe has already accumulated around 1.2 zettabytes of information.
Now, let us have a bit of background first and define what a zettabyte is. When counting the numbers in the world of data storage, one zettabye is equal to a billion terabytes, or in a more overwhelming context—one trillion gigabytes!
Today, most consumer-based computers speak of gigabytes, such as 250GB or 500GB storage space inside their hard disk drives. Although, the much larger terabyte count is now becoming a norm particularly on desktop computers and in many external hard drives. In terms of price, storage space per byte is hundred times cheaper too, compared to, say, just a decade ago.
To continue, EMC in 2011 EMC said that the “digital universe has already produce over 300 quadrillion files.” And it gets even better, or in other words, bigger: “by 2020, the same digital universe has already grown to 35 zettabytes.”
Incredible as it may seem, and a bit quite difficult to comprehend in terms of the amount of volume, the world—the digital universe in particular ñ is being flooded by a continuing tsunami of data, so to speak.
And to store all those data, enterprise storage products are already available from top-tier companies such as EMC, IBM, HP, Dell and NetApp. While cloud computing—which involves delivering hosted services over the Internet—has become an important solution that plays a vital role in solving many company Big Data storage problem.
Online cloud infrastructure are also already in place from the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft just to name a few.
Enterprise-class software solutions can be acquired from companies like NetSuite, while Google try to bring the same for us regular Internet consumers with cloud products such as Gmail and Google Docs—all residing online, virtually keeping Big Data floating somewhere in the cloud.
It seems that this is the future of computing. Everything will be there and only out there. In fact, the future is already here. If youíre doing your email via Gmail because you simply want to access your inbox with any device—laptop, tablet or mobile phone—anywhere in the world, then you’ve been using cloud computing. While all those information about everything on this planet that will eventually end up in the digital universe will simply fall under the concept of Big Data.