Big Data architecture can add layers of complexity to an IT environment. Not sure if you’re dealing with Big Data? Use Gartner’s 3Vs as a litmus test: Volume, Velocity, and Variety.
The 3Vs become a reasonable test on whether you should add Big Data to your architecture.
- Volume. The amount of data. How much data are you processing? Some smartwatch manufacturers store every user interaction. For these companies, this might be hundreds of terabytes or petabytes of data.
- Velocity. The speed of data. How fast is your data moving in and out of the system? Some data is created and captured in realtime at the point of the transaction.
- Variety. The assortment of data. Do you have different types of data? Data can consist of text, images, audio, video and the supporting metadata.
Having only 2 of the 3 Vs may mean that you can avoid adding Big Data to your architecture and skip the added complexity.