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Apache Spark 2.x for Java Developers by Sumit Kumar, Sourav Gulati

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Dimensions of big data

Big data can be best described by using its dimensions. Those dimensions are called the Vs of big data. To categorize a problem as a big data problem, it should lie in one or more of these dimensions.

The big data world started with three dimensions or 3Vs of big data, which are as follows:

  • Volume
  • Variety
  • Velocity

Let us now take a look at each one in detail:

  • Volume: The amount of data being generated in the world is increasing at an exponential rate. Let's take an example of social community websites such as Facebook or Twitter. They are dealing with billions of customers all around the world. So, to analyze the amount of data being generated, they need to find a solution out of the existing RDBMS world. Moreover, ...

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