We have all experienced the frustration and even sudden panic, ‘OMG, where is that document!’ Whether it was an important business document or a copy of your favorite Taylor Swift song, we have all been there. The search option can help you locate your forgotten files, but only to a certain extent. Searches can often be time-consuming and result in a number of documents which then must be manually searched for specific information. Imagine the headaches businesses and enterprises go through when they need information at a moment’s notice. These huge datasets become almost unmanageable without some kind of high powered search assistance: this is Big Data.
Big Data is the term used to describe excessively large amounts of information (e.g., tables and large datasets). Let’s put this into perspective; when an individual looks into buying a new laptop, they can decide between 750 Gigabytes or a full Terabyte hard drive. When discussing Big Data, large businesses and enterprises (i.e., Government entities) work in the world of petabytes, exabytes, and beyond. What are these terms, you ask? Well, a petabyte is equal to one million gigabytes while an exabyte is one billion gigabytes! Working with data at this scale would be impossible to maneuver manually. For example, a large retail chain needs to find specific transactions within the last year or maybe the IT department would like to analyze their website server logs. These are two very common use cases for Big Data. So, how do they mitigate and work efficiently with this enormous amount of data?
Google’s solution to big data is BigQuery; a product that enables super-fast, SQL-like queries against append-only tables, using the processing power of Google’s infrastructure. A query is simply a request for information from a large database. BigQuery makes searches of this magnitude faster and faster. For example, an IT Director runs a query on a large amount of data, let’s say 400 gigabytes, which will most likely take a company’s database and bandwidth to the max. With BigQuery, that IT Director would be able to run a query and locate said data in a matter of seconds. Business and enterprise organizations can eliminate time-consuming searches by utilizing BigQuery; and spend the time saved analyzing and working with said data. With ever increasing data demands, BigQuery allows businesses to navigate the Big Data movement effectively and efficiently.