With the wave of digitization sweeping over enterprises at a shocking pace- companies need to realize the dire need for innovative alternatives to the conventional cybersecurity solutions in use today.
Unfortunately, however, as soon as
enterprises start prioritizing cybersecurity, they often tend to lose sight of
their business goals, which is essentially the pivot point on which the future
of the entire organization rests on. Taking into consideration the importance
of balancing cybersecurity goals with the entrepreneurial aspect of running a
business- the integration of big data within the cloud can prove to be
extremely lucrative for organizations in the long run.
In the digital age, running a business
effectively is much different than what it used to be a decade ago. Moreover,
the threat landscape is only expected to evolve and grow more sophisticated
with each passing day. Utilizing the benefits offered by big data, and
combining it with cloud computing ticks all the right boxes, and allows for an organization to harness
the power of technological advancements, resulting in cost-effective
Why Does The Integration of Big Data Into Cloud Computing Matter?
On paper, our thesis for the inclusion of
big data into modern-day cloud computing systems seems redundant and, to some,
it might even seem downright stupid. Quite on the contrary, however, we believe
that big data and cloud computing are a match made in heaven, with features
that compliment each other, and help an organization achieve its business goals
However, before we can get into the
multiple ways that the integration of big data into cloud computing works, let’s have a look at the potential
benefits that big data has to offer individually.
If you have the slightest interest in the
recent happenings in the cybersecurity realms, chances are you’re already familiar
with what big data. However, if you’ve been reclusing on a deserted island, big
data is exactly what the name implies it to be.
Simply put, big data refers to a large
and complex data set. The data set is so complex that any traditional
data-processing application fails to work with it. Usually, big data sets
consist of both structured and unstructured data, which accounts for the
“variety” in the big data, and enables enterprises to gain valuable insight
into their business operations. Additionally, the large “volume” and high
“velocity,” that make up the defining
characteristics of big data provide useful analytics to companies, which can
help boost the overall growth of an organization.
As far as big data is concerned, the ever
expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) ensures that the amount of big data will
only grow, which provides companies with an endless supply of data to leverage
and reap benefits from. And no we’re not the only ones who have noticed the
potential that big data has, since a research conducted by Accenture revealed that a staggering 79% of surveyed executives believed that
companies that fail to embrace big data are bound to lose their ‘competitive
position.’ Moreover, the same survey revealed that 83% of the surveyed company
execs had started big data projects, in the hope that the collected insights
would help their enterprise climb to the top of the industrial totem pole.
Another highly important statistic that
points towards the potential of big data in furthering an organization’s business
incentives, is the finding of the survey conducted by New Vantage Partners which reveals the highly success rates of big data integration,
particularly as far as reduced costs, and new avenues for innovation are
What Are Some
Ways That The Integration of Big Data With Cloud Computing Helps Enterprises?
Now that we’ve talked about the
individual benefits offered by big data in helping an enterprise accomplish
their business goals, it is critical that we consider the benefits that the
integration of cloud computing with big data has to offer to organizations, which
includes the following:
- Reduced cost analytics: Perhaps the greatest advantage that the inclusion of big data offers
enterprises, from a business standpoint is that it reduces the amount of
investment needed on analytics process. Moreover, since most cloud computing
systems favour a pay-as-you-go model, enterprises can save a lot of resources.
- Improved scalability: A commonly encountered problem with big data is it’s storage, which is
where a cloud computing system can prove to be miraculous. Not only does a
cloud storage system solve problems of scalability, it makes the sharing of the
insights collected from the big data easy as well.
- Fosters and improves disaster recovery: Considering the shocking number of breaches and
hacks in recent years, the need for better data recovering strategies becomes
blatantly obvious. Cloud computing storage systems provide a much better
alternative to “legacy systems,” since they make the retrieval of data much
easier, and faster than traditional methods of data recovery.
- Promotes an environment of innovation: Last, but certainly not least, the integration of
big data into cloud computing systems gives rise to an environment of
innovation and agility. Although, most companies tend to forget about the
importance of an innovative environment, relying on a culture that promotes the
analysis of data is bound to award companies with the confidence needed to
steer their company in new avenues, which ultimately leads to the growth of a
At the very end of the article, we’d like
to make one thing clear. Contrary to what many cynical cybersecurity
journalists would have you believe, big data definitely does not equal to big
chaos. Although the integration of big data into an enterprise’s cloud
computing system might be too much to handle for some employees- over the
course of time, however, enterprises will be able to see the results in the
form of a data-driven and efficient workforce!