Open Platform: Assembling the Big Data Puzzle

Michael Cooper, chief technology officer, BT Radianz Services

Research firm Gartner characterizes Big Data as a combination of the three “Vs”—volume, variety and velocity—which it updated in 2012 to high-volume, high-variety and high-velocity. Big Data also implies a requirement for new, higher-performance storage and processing capabilities, the inclusion of unstructured and volatile data, and the generation of business value from processing this data.

In one sense, the term refers to extreme data management: The challenges represented by higher—and ever-

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