Big Data Storage Solutions

Instructor: Randall Panduren

Randy is an ITIL certified IT Manager and Technical Professional with more than 20 years' experience in Information Technology.

Big data is a well-established concept in business and IT worlds. An ever-increasing volume of data is constantly being gathered and accessed in our interconnected digital world. Learn what options are available for storing big data.

What Is Big Data?

Companies have stored data since the beginnings of digital computing. Data warehousing and analysis have a long history, and certainly are not new concepts. So what is big data and what makes it different from other data?

Big data includes information covering all aspects of our digital lives in minute detail - information about people's demographics, what sites they visit on the internet, what ads they click on, social media usage, email and so on. It can cover individuals, groups, businesses and entire industries. Big data can truly include any digital information that exists, and the applications of big data are as varied as the data itself.

Big Data is everywhere!
Big Data Cartoon

This data can take many forms, and the connections between pieces of data may not be clear-cut. All of the information is constantly processed, analyzed and accessed in many ways, and the data is always changing and growing. Robust technology is needed to store and manage this constantly evolving data.

Big Data Storage Requirements

There are several important characteristics of big data that can influence storage needs.

  • Scalability: The storage system may need to be upgraded to accommodate more data in the future.
  • Availability: Data may need to be accessed quickly and frequently, often in real-time.
  • Protection: Data security is an essential aspect of any storage solution.
  • Integration: Big data storage solutions may need to communicate with older applications or other storage technologies.

These requirements lead to big data storage solutions that offer varying degrees of high data capacity, high performance, enhanced data security and integration capabilities. A business should have a clear understanding of their specific needs before choosing a storage solution.

Big Data Storage Options

There are many options for big data storage, and selecting a solution will depend on the specific needs and budgets of each business. Generally speaking, businesses have the option of owning and maintaining their own equipment, or choosing a service offered by a vendor to meet their storage needs. No matter which option a business chooses to pursue, the underlying storage infrastructure will likely make use one of the following storage technologies.

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