The Data Lake isn't new – the term itself has been first used in 2010. After its premiere, it's been met with mixed reviews. The late Dave Needle (Amiga 1000 co-chief architect) characterized the “so-called data lakes” as “one of the more controversial ways to manage big data”. And in 2016, Forbes published an article entitled “Why Data Lakes Are Evil”. However, the response to data lakes hasn’t been universally bad. Many have viewed data lakes as a sort of data panacea. So, which perspective is closer to the truth in 2021? Read this article to find out!