BIG DATA: How big is it?

So finally I’ll be writing something I came here for. Something related to IT/Technology/Computing, something which is a buzzword in the IT industry nowadays “Big Data” (although the concept came around in 2012 or so). Now, if have heard about it and knows exactly what it is – great you are up to date when it comes to technology, but if you haven’t don’t worry I’ll tell what it is. And believe me I’m going to put in the most understandable way, so if you are not from the IT background you might be able to understand what exactly it is.

It is used to describe a massive volume of data that is so large it is difficult to process it, using the traditional database and software techniques.

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In other words to maintain the data this huge it is really difficult for the present software and databases to do so. i.e. the data is in Petabytes (1024 Terabytes, where 1TB=1024GB) or Exabyte (1024 petabytes), which is pretty voluminous, like for example in 1TB you can store up to approximately 217 movies, considering a movie to be of 4.7GB(equivalent to a DVD). Now in a Petabyte you can store up to 1024 times 217 which will be 222,208 movies, don’t you think that is really something and it even get worse in Exabyte it’s 1024 times 222,208 which will be 227,540,992, like really that much… I doubt if there will be that much of movies made (on digging it deeper I found out that I was right it is nowhere near that number even after including the TV titles as well the number was ‘3,369,526‘. Don’t believe me… Check it here.). Whatever, I guess you are getting at what I’m trying to explain here, it indeed is HUGE. And it will continue to increase, as every day and every minute new people join in on the networks – the internet – they share, they post, they tweet, they blog, resulting in generation and transferring of more and more data every day, every minute, every second. So to avoid mishandling and wrong interpretation of such a voluminous data, we have had to find new ways to process, store, capture, curate and manage it.
I guess I’ll leave it here for now because it’s a little hard to digest… but if you feel like you want to know more don’t worry I’ll be posting the other part as well and will be tomorrow. Where I’ll tell you what are the characteristics and ways to process “BIG DATA”. So stay tuned if you like it.
I guess that’s all for now, I don’t want you to feel bored, but if you feel like you didn’t get what I meant to say or any other issue, do lemme know in the comments. I’ll be glad.

6 thoughts on “BIG DATA: How big is it?

  1. Reblogged this on ben3nett and commented:
    All phenomena have complimentary dimensions and aspects to them. Its a natural law of opposites. There is back and white, up and down, yes and no etc. what would be the complement of Big Data? What is “Data” actually? How does organic wisdom, thoughts and feelings, intelligence and consciousness we express and need to satisfy our selves with fit into this Big Data business?

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    1. Do you know that even a single word or Query you search in google or any other search engines you generate some data and in response the search engine does the same? As for BD being a tool or weapon, I would love to put in a way that it is a mere technology that hasn’t been even applied well enough, it is still growing and guess what this technology can generate up to 5 million job in the coming years. That’s a lot of employment. And about the DATA Tracking, there are various ways to do that to… and guess what you just gave me a topic to write upon very soon…well thanks for that.


  2. Hi there,
    I loved the fact that you went through the post and posed a question. I agree with you about the “Natural Law of Opposites”. As you have asked about the complement of Big Data… why worry about that now… think “BIG DATA” as complementary to today’s data need. We as whole is a growing civilization, which further results into new ideas and thoughts. As for data definition, now it has moved to an upper level, it is not just something like numbers, figures or stats, now data comprises of your videos, songs, even ur littlest comments. As for this as a business I’m really sorry to say that it wont be available for us i.e. for commercial use, for next 5-7 years as it is something which needs a lot to be handled and we don’t have that much advancement right now. It is just something that the big corps. are upto now. Just take yourself like 10 years back, then having a possession of 1TB hard disk would have meant something really great… But see now its just nothing. Same goes for “BIG DATA”, just think 5-10 years ahead in time… You’ll be having some 256K resolution videos instead of the still popularising 4K’s and 8K’s, may be there wil be some 9G or 10G communication protocols making transfer of data more faster. But for all that to be achieved we need to handle the DATA which is increasing day by day, ’cause if we fail to handle it could result in the collapse of the whole system or you can say the platform you are using now- The INTERNET will collapse and that indeed would be disastrous.


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