What is a Data Fabric?

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A Data Fabric: “Is a distributed Data Management platform whose objective is to combine various types of data storage, access, preparation, analytics, and security tools in a fully compliant manner to support seamless Data Management.”   This concept has gained traction as technologies, such as the Internet of Things, need to have a consistent way of making data available to specific workloads or applications. It is key for  retrieving data across multiple locations spanning the globe, since many companies use a variety of storage system configurations and cloud providers.

Other Definitions of a Data Fabric Include:

  • “A solution to the phenomenon where datasets get so large that they become physically impossible to move.” (Will Ochandarena)
  • “A comprehensive way to integrate all an organization’s data into a single, scalable platform.” (MAPR)
  •  “An enabler of frictionless access of data sharing in a distributed data environment.” (Gartner)
  • “An information network implemented on a grand scale across physical and virtual boundaries – focus on the data aspect of cloud computing as the unifying factor.” (Forbes)
  • A design allowing for “a single, consistent data management framework, allowing easier data access and sharing in a distributed environment” (TechRepublic)

Businesses Use a Data Fabric to:

  • Handle very large data sets across multiple locations quicker.
  • Make data more accessible
  • Optimize the entire data lifecycle– to enable applications that require real-time analytics.
  • Integrate data silos across an environment
  • Deliver a higher value from data assets
  • Allow machine learning and AI to work more efficiently

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