The massive amount of data that is emerging from connected, digital systems, is fundamentally changing everything, from Internet search to entertainment, to disease management, to energy consumption. Here’s 10 case studies that highlight the power of big data.


A yottabyte isn’t what happens when the Jedi master starts gnawing on your leg. It’s the information equivalent of one quadrillion gigabytes, and is enough digital data to fill the states of Delaware and Rhode Island with a million data centers, according to Backblaze. While the world hasn’t yet seen many yottabytes, industries like Internet search, genomics, climate research, and business analytics are starting to create massive data sets — in the peta- and exabyte range — that are requiring an entirely new set of big data tools to manage.

The emergence of this so-called big data phenomenon is also fundamentally changing everything from the way companies operate, to the way people interact, to how the world deals with outbreaks of infectious diseases. On March 21st and 22nd, GigaOM is throwing an event about the future of this big data ecosystem in New York, Structure:Data, and for the occasion, we’ve highlighted 10 case studies illustrating how big data is changing the world. Enjoy:

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  1. Reblogged this on Dots Of Color and commented:
    Big data big money!

    1. I don’t get it, what does Big Data have to do with a video card…or is this some lamesauce ad post?

    2. The emergence of this so-called big data phenomenon is also fundamentally changing everything from the way companies operate

      1. Yes, it does. Who controls the most data wins. At least Facebook would like to think so. ;-)

  2. Is gigabytes bytes more then a gigabyte?

    1. nope just a typo, fixed that, thanks!

      1. Typos happen.
        Gil’s “more thEn a gigabyte” is just plain ignorant.

    2. Grammar Police Thursday, March 15, 2012

      If you’re going to complain about a typo, make sure you don’t have any in your immature comment. When you have full mastery of the language, then you’ll be allowed to comment.

  3. infotech ideas Monday, March 12, 2012

    Great info! Bring the expo to SFO as well!

  4. remedy2020@gmail.com Monday, March 12, 2012

    Advertorial ! Advertorial! so fast you sold your soul!

  5. DataStax, more specifically Cassandra, can solve all big data problems.
    And its open sourced.

  6. SAP HANA to the rescue!

  7. Reblogged this on <i>cu Lì!</i> and commented:
    great info :)

  8. why do we have to click through so many pages. can you at least provide a way to read it in a single page? (like businessinsider) there is not even a print option and it doesn’t work with readability. i thought more of gigaom. disappointed.

  9. idiots…
    «“We want to unlock the black box of how an artist becomes a star,” White said»
    what makes the charts is good music, not $$$$$ pumped into it 8-X
    just like m$$$$$ can keep wasting billion$ on WP trying to make it a success, it won’t work. its crap, it doesn’t sell

  10. Big Data is a tactical problem. Content and Business Analytics and Intelligence is the logistical problem. One must pay particular attention to Business Process Models, Entity-Relationship Models, and Data Modeling to be able to use ETL and Data Integration Technologies for developing your data storage organization, retrieval, formatting, clustering, Web Caching; and backup, recovery, and archival retention strategies.

  11. Edwin Ritter Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Reblogged this on Ritter's Ruminations & Ramblings and commented:
    As 2012 reaches the half way mark, here is a quick view on how this hot topic. This is the first of three. Posts on the other trends will follow.

    So ‘big data’ is a hot topic. What is it? Simply stated, everything you do on the web is tracked and creates data. So much data is collected that 90% of the online data was created in just the last two years. This data is stored, sliced, diced and analyzed. The growth in data is due to several things such as proliferation of smart phones and tablets, lower storage costs and improved analytical tools. This article reveals 10 ways in which big data will have an impact.

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