What is Big Data and Why Do Organizations Need It?

Big data is a term that describes the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis. But it’s not the amount of data that’s important. It’s what organizations do with the data that matters. Big data can be analyzed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves.

While the term “big data” is relatively new, the act of gathering and storing large amounts of information for eventual analysis is ages old. The concept gained momentum in the early 2000s when industry analysts articulated the now-mainstream definition of big data as the three Vs:

Volume – Organizations collect data from a variety of sources, including business transactions, social media and information from sensor or machine-to-machine data. In the past, storing it would’ve been a problem – but new technologies (such as Hadoop) have eased the burden.

Velocity – Data streams in at an unprecedented speed and must be dealt with in a timely manner. RFID tags, sensors and smart metering are driving the need to deal with torrents of data in near-real time.

Variety – Data comes in all types of formats – from structured, numeric data in traditional databases to unstructured text documents, email, video, audio, stock ticker data and financial transactions.

Where does Zettaset add value?

Security and privacy issues are magnified by velocity, volume, and variety of big data, such as large-scale cloud infrastructures, diversity of data sources and formats, streaming nature of data acquisition, and high volume inter-cloud migration. Traditional, legacy security mechanisms, which are tailored to small-scale, static (as opposed to streaming) data are inadequate.

Zettaset has developed security solutions designed and optimized, from the ground up, to address the demands of big data compute, storage, and cloud environments. Zettaset security solutions, including the Big Data Encryption Suite, are optimized for performance and scalability in the dynamic, high-volume environments that exist within the enterprise and the elastic cloud.

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