The definition of a lake varies greatly depending on where a person is from. For example — in the southwest, what most parts of the country would consider a pond, is referred to as a lake. But if you’re from the upper-Midwest, it’s only considered a lake if you can’t see the other side of it.
Similarly, in the world of data analytics, the definition of a data lake can vary from business to business and implementation to implementation. For some companies, it’s just a bigger, more dynamic form of storage. But for those leveraging big data and advanced analytics, data lakes are a vital technology for building a centralized, intelligent, and flexible repository for all forms of data from multiple sources.
Author: Jim Rapoza