For your convenience, I have gathered a collection of useful, visual and easy to understand resources to help you get started. The resources below are designed to provide an education on fundamentals/concepts, sandbox environments and tutorials. Together, the collection of resources provides individuals at any understanding a place to start their Big Data learning and journey. Please feel free to add this to getting started toolkit because you will refer back to these resources occasionally.
My advise as you learn from the resources below is to pace yourself and take one step at a time. Make sure that you understand the concepts before proceeding to the sandbox and tutorials. Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have and I will do my best to provide an answer.
Understanding Big Data Concepts:
What is NoSQL
What is Hadoop
What is Big Data
Big Data Sandboxes:
Hortonworks Hadoop, Hive and Pig tutorials
Cloudera Hadoop and MapReduce tutorials
Sample Data Resources:
Tableau Data Sets
InfoChimps Data Sets
World Health Organization Data Sets
Sports Data Sets
Miscellaneous Data Sets