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BK Blog Post
Posted by Sujain Thomas, Remote DBA.
Big data is now a buzzword everywhere you look. The adoption of IT systems to optimize operations in every aspect of life has led to increased data volumes, which have led to the idea of big data. However, it is not about the sheer size of the data being generated by businesses and organizations but more importantly, what these increasing datasets can be used for. In real sense, the definition of big data doesn’t matter much but instead, you should be concerned about how best to analyze and leverage this data.
Demystifying Big Data
To appreciate the concept of big data, consider how businesses today are targeting customers or how health organizations are offering better services. These are just two examples of how big data can be used practically. The main components of big data including volume, velocity, variety, variability and complexity are crucial in understanding what this phenomenon is all about.
It is not something to be feared but instead, it is a component that should be at the core of your operations. Take, for instance, how a new tennis ball is developed; a lot of data is collected,for example, performance of top players, before the best product is developed.
Well, your business might not be in tennis ball manufacture but still, you can use a powerful database to harness the power of big data. In this case, you will collect data from both traditional and digital sources and from inside your business and other external sources. This is not the usual process of surveys but instead, it is an ongoing journey of discovery and analysis.
Importance of a Big Data Database
To manage such data volumes, you need the best database. Choosing one might be tricky but luckily, you can now rely on DBA service by RemoteDBA.com to help identify the best database and also help in administering it. This is a critical process in shifting towards data-driven marketing, which offers more advantages to your business.
Some of the best open-source big data websites you should consider include:
Other big data databases which can come in handy in your business include OrientDB, Riak, Hive (Hadoop's data warehouse) andInfoBright Community Editionm. Of course each of these databases comes with its own capabilities.Working with your DBA will help you identify the best.