The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Big Data Working Group recently released the Big Data Taxonomy Report, a report to help decision makers understand and navigate the myriad choices within the big data designation. This interesting news came from ABC-27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in their article, “Cloud Security Alliance Releases New Big Data Taxonomy Report.”

There are those that would argue it isn’t a true taxonomy, but if it is helpful in understanding big data, then it is still useful. This is a case of a taxonomy created for the purpose of conveying understanding of a knowledge domain. And it certainly needs some understanding. Every day, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created. Did you know that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone? The issues of storing, computing, security, privacy, and analytics are all magnified by the velocity, volume, and variety of big data. So all the help it can get is appreciated.

Melody K. Smith

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