Ten cloud computing definitions you need to know

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7. Big data

"Big" is an understatement. When we're talking “big data,” we're talking about petabytes and exabytes of unstructured or semi-structured data. This gargantuan data is used to discover repeatable data patterns, but it can be a major drain on bandwidth and storage capacity. Moving big data to the cloud allows companies to combine it quickly and easily with data analytics, using tools like MapReduce and Hadoop.


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