What is Big Data?

Data is information.

Information can be formal, structured information such as lists of stock items or personnel records. Information can also, less obviously, be in the form of unstructured items such as computer log files or internet pages.

Organizations are beginning to extract the information and thus value from these unstructured, less traditional data sources. Many of these sources of information are, by their nature, very large. Therefore, the overall amount of data which an organization may now wish to process has massively increased. Traditional computer systems and tools were not designed for such large volumes of data.

New methods and tools have been developed in recent years to allow organizations to exploit these large sources of data. The term used to describe this field of computing is Big Data.

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