DALLAS: The chief technology officer (CTO) of data warehousing giant Teradata believes that the term big data is still one surrounded by confusion and misinformation.
Speaking at the annual Teradata Partners conference in Dallas, Texas, Stephen Brobst told an audience of IT professionals that he thinks people are still confused by the term, with IT businesses exacerbating the issue. "Hardware and software vendors and to some extent consultants do a lot to help that confusion," he said.
"What is this big data thing? We hear a lot about it, but I think that the definition is very confused. I hear a lot of: 'big data is Hadoop'. Hadoop is a technology. Big data is not about the technology.
"If you want to optimise your ecosystem, you want to use different technologies. You need to integrate those technologies and use the right ones to solve the problem on your plate."
Brobst said he believes the 'big' part of the term big data is misleading, explaining that he finds the amount of data in big data analytics the "least interesting part" of the analytics industry. Instead, he drew attention to the variety of data.
"The most interesting part for me is the variety," he said. "Big data is different data. It comes from different sources and comes in different kinds of structures."
Brobst concluded that while the pace of change in database technology is as fast as ever, the open-source Hadoop framework will not go away, despite the intentions of database engineers. "Will the relational database vendor steal ideas from the relational database community? Absolutely. That's the job of the relational database engineer. Will relational databases kill Hadoop? I think Hadoop has a reason to exist," he explained.
Brobst took part in V3's Hot Seat feature earlier this year, in which he spoke of his loathing of tablet computers, insisting that "people who actually produce work do not use tablets".
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