Big data is one of those hot buzz words. But what is "big data"? This presentation by Amazon Web Services, Big Data and the Cloud a Best Friend Story, helps you understand the big picture. This video provides a little more detail, What is Hadoop?. Mapreduce is part of big data, much more technical but it really helps you understand big data.
A few interesting statements from the presentations:
- Data is the new raw material for any business on par with capital, people, labor.
- Data is growing at 75x, IT resources to manage the data is growing at 1.5x.
- While relational databases are important, there are other important tools.
- A lot of this has to do with scaling efficiently