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Utilizing Big Data Computing Services with NoSQL Databases

Distributed NoSQL databases can utilize big data computing services. In this tutorial, you will get some information about NoSQL databases for big data computing.

Meteorological data is a typical type of big data that features large volume, high instantaneity, and wide variety. Meteorological data is mainly spatio-temporal data that holds observations and analog quantities for individual physical quantities within a time or space range. Data produced each day usually varies from tens of TB to hundreds of TB and is increasing explosively. Efficiently storing and querying meteorological data is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge.

In recent years, people both in the academic circle and the industry have begun to use distributed NoSQL storage as a solution for storing and querying a sea of meteorological data in real time. Compared with traditional solutions, distributed NoSQL storage can support larger data sizes, provide better query performance and significantly improve stability, manageability, and some other features.

It is also becoming an increasing trend to parse, store, query and analyze data using cloud computing resources. The cloud holds diversified products/services and elastic computing resources, which can support the implementation of the whole meteorological data processing workflow: use cloud distributed storage to store and query meteorological data in real time, utilize big data computing services to analyze and process meteorological data, and finally use various app services to set up meteorological platforms and apps.

Alibaba Cloud Table Store is a distributed NoSQL service on the cloud that supports high-concurrency data read/write operations and PB-level data storage and provides the ability to read data in milliseconds.

On the one hand, Table Store is a distributed NoSQL storage service. In Table Store, data is spread among various servers, and a single cluster can support 10 PB of data. This resolves the storage issue.

On the other hand, Table Store supports fast single-row query and range query, which means it is a large SortedMap from the data model perspective. Even if a table has tens of billions or even trillions of data rows, the speed at which a single row of data is located does not decrease. So, when a file system contains an excessive number of small files, the time it takes to locate target data is reduced.

The growing trend is to use distributed systems and cloud computing services to resolve big data issues across a variety of industries. In the future, more advanced industrial solutions will be implemented on the cloud. For details about the traditional solutions and the Table Store solutions for storing and querying massive amounts of meteorological model data and the comparison of the advantages and disadvantages for the solutions, please go to Meteorological Data Storage and Querying with NoSQL.

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Table Store is a NoSQL Multi-model database developed by Alibaba Cloud. It provides PB-level structured data storage, 10 million TPS, and millisecond-level latency service. In real-time computing, Table Store provides powerful writing capability and multi-model storage forms, allowing it to be used not only as a computing result table, but also as a real-time computing source table.

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