The Difference Between Big Data and a Lot of Data

September 21, 2015 by Madison Jacobs

The term “big data” has been around for a while now, but I still come across people who make the same basic mistake when someone asks them to explain what exactly it is. The problem, as I have pointed out in the past, is due to the name.

Big data was never meant to be purely about the size of the data. Right from the start, when the first attempts were made to codify the “rules” of big data, this was the case. Gartner’s famous “3 V’s” of big data were, in fact, minted to make this very point.



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