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CLOUD COMPUTING AND BIG DATA

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One of the most revolutionizing technologies of this time is Cloud Computing. I like to envision it as monarchy turned into democracy. Initially the technological support and infrastructure were limited to a few tech companies and educational institutions. But coin has been flipped, cloud computing made it accessible to all. Cloud computing lets you perform massive-scale and complex computing. And above all, you don’t need to maintain expensive hardware, or regularly update your software or dedicate any amount of space. Someone else is doing this lengthy task for you for free or at minimal prices.

For example, Dropbox allows you to store and access your documents only using an internet connection. IBM’s Bluemix serves as platform for your development ideas. You can always use Amazon (AWS) or Google cloud computing to perform some computationally expensive task. Amazing! Isn’t it?

The most hyped term related to cloud computing is “big data”. No, it’s not just the description of data when it gets big.

Big data usually includes data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to collect, store, handle, process and extract meaning from different kinds of data. And notably, it is about how to organize this data and characterize different kinds (structured, unstructured, semi structured, internal and external) of data. 

        Around 2.5 million gigabytes of data is created daily. This consists of 200 millions tweets and 30 billion pieces of content shared on Facebook each month. By the aid of projections, the amount of data created by the year 2020 will reach an astounding 43 trillion gigabytes, since six billion people are going to possess smart phones.
Cloud computing and big data, still in progress, are proving to be the best way out. In combination, they provide a cost effective and scalable infrastructure to support big data and business analytic. Cloud computing and big data are usually misunderstood to be the same thing, but the difference is quite visible. Big Data represents content and cloud computing is infrastructure.
Thanks to cloud computing that we can process big data on our laptops or even start our own tech company. Keep working, and let this world of technology surprise us even more.

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