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Building Your Next Big Thing with Google Cloud Platform: A Guide for Developers and Enterprise Architects by Jose L. Ugia Gonzalez, S .P. T. Krishnan

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CHAPTER 10

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Google BigQuery

Big data is a widely used term that refers broadly to huge (and growing) datasets that no traditional data-processing application is able to capture, store, curate, analyze, and visualize in real time. Simply put, the data’s rate of growth is so high that the tools cannot process incoming data, and the gap between processed and unprocessed data keeps increasing forever.

Several characteristics define big data. Here are the top three characteristics:

  • Volume: This is the most important characteristic and probably the one that makes data big data. On-premises data-storage facilities cannot cater to true big data, because ...

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