Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 1 2013   2:50PM GMT

Word of the Day: Google BigQuery

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Overheard

“When asked where Google fits into the pantheon of big cloud players, panel experts at Cloud Connect Santa Clara all agreed it could be a big player — if it wanted to.”Mark Eisenberg

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is BigQuery, a cloud-based big data analytics service for processing very large read-only data sets. BigQuery was designed as a query tool for analyzing data on the order of billions of rows, using a SQL-like syntax. It runs on the Google Cloud Storage infrastructure and can be accessed with a REST-oriented application program interface (API). Continued…

Related Terms:

cloud service
infrastructure-as-a-service
big data analytics
ad hoc analysis
REST
API
Hadoop cluster

Quiz Yourself

The name Google was chosen for its resemblance to the number googol (a tribute to the vast amount of information in the world). If you were to write down the number googol, how many zeros would you use?
a. one hundred
b. one thousand
c. one million
Answer

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