Big Data & Cloud Computing Premise, Capabilities and Opportunities
Big Data simply refers to sets of data that are large in volume and cannot be processed on a basic computer system or through any traditional application. Big Data is not a new term as it has been around for a while now but still a decent amount of people are still confused about what it is and what it does. For instance, earlier while working on a project, we used to collect facts, statistics, and primary information to analyze data in a traditional way to get insights and prepare a report. Before computers and the rise of internet, transactions were recorded on paper and archive files that was fundamentally data. Today computers allow us to save whatever data we have on spreadsheets and organize them in the most efficient way.
Since its emergence, Cloud computing has proved to be the best platform to roll out new technologies and applications. Cloud platforms offer great computing power to analyze any kind of data and has made it very easy to store data when compared to traditional data storages. Cloud computing provides scalable resources on demand and it has changed the way data is stored and processed. This is a powerful approach to analyze data provided by cloud computing and has become vital in the growth of big data in multiple industries. Big Data is another technology that is super compatible with Cloud computing which really makes it a match made in heaven, or clouds for the sake of this pun. Organizations have begun integrating these two technologies and use it in their business to gain an analytical advantage if they generate huge amounts of data. Combination of big data and cloud computing will help organizations in gaining deep business insights and will also improve their decision-making.
Let’s take a look at the opportunities organizations can achieve by combining Big Data and Cloud computing:
Data processing, storage and its management on a traditional system is a tedious task. Since the introduction of Big Data and adoption of Cloud by organizations, these two technologies has offered countless opportunities to leverage huge data that can be used for making several improvements in processes and strategies.
Organizations have a budget when they wish to switch to a particular technology and in this case, Cloud is essentially a blessing that has proved to be a top technology at low cost. Organizations can choose the services they require and are aligned with their business targets and budget in hand. Applications and resources that are required to manage Big Data are not expensive and can be implemented by enterprises and so they just need to pay for the compute resources and storage space.
Apache Hadoop is a Big Data analytics platform that process structured and unstructured data. For instance, social media generates huge data through blogs, posts, videos and photos, which is difficult to analyze under a single category. A Cloud platform can take care of Big Data processing along with a set of techniques and tools in place.
Traditional solutions require extra physical servers in the cluster for maximum processing power and storage space but the virtual nature of the Cloud allows on-demand allocation of resources. Scaling of virtual resources is a great option to get desired processing power whenever required. Big data requires high data processing platform for analytics and so, Cloud provides great flexibility with a variety of computational requirements.
While dealing with enterprise data, security is a major concern but on a Cloud platform which offers a secure computing environment along with all the security elements in place. Big Data solutions are usually open-source but when integrated on a Cloud platform, privacy and security of data is taken care in the right way.
Big Data and Cloud Computing is a perfect combination for enterprises to improve business operations. A Cloud platform allows processing of huge data through high computational capabilities and features such as scalability and distributed storages. and will meet the resources needed to analyze data. Obviously there are opportunities and challenges when it comes these technologies but isn’t that the story of all technologies?
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