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What is big data?

Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. The data is too big, moves too fast, or doesn’t fit the strictures of your database architectures. To gain value from this data, you must choose an alternative way to process it. The hot IT buzzword of 2012, big data has become viable as cost-effective approaches have emerged to tame the volume, velocity and variability of massive data. Within this data lie valuable patterns and information, previously hidden because of the amount of work required to extract them.
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This is an interesting article that addresses many of the ideas and topics we will cover in the course. This is a great opportunity to read about the concerns that at will be facing IT professionals in the coming year. As a consumer of information, you will be directly affected by the options and choices that IT departments in corporations and governments are making today.

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