People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization
versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using
My answer often surprises them because this is not an either-or situation:
data virtualization should be a ubiquitous layer in your infrastructure that
all data consumers use to access enterprise data.
Data Virtualization Focuses on the Data Consumer
Whether the data underneath the virtualization layer is pre-consolidated
(using ETL), pre-materialized (as a cache), or exists only in the original
transactional and operational systems is a secondary question, the answer to
which should be based on latency requirements, resource constraints, and
The data consumer doesn’t really care how IT accomplishes data delivery to
meet expectations, so long as the consumer has the right data in the right
Enterprise adoption of data virtualization accelerated in 2011 propelled by
organizations growing need for greater business agility, lower costs and
These benefits were fully described in an earlier series of articles:
The Agile Business - Why Data Virtualization Is Needed How Data
Virtualization Delivers Business Agility - Part 1 How Data Virtualization
Improves Business Agility - Part 2 How Data Virtualization Improves Business
Agility - Part 3
The success of data virtualization can now be observed across hundreds of
organizations and is clearly evident in t... (more)
Organizations today understand that better access to information assets can
improve their bottom-line.
But they struggle with the variety of enterprise, cloud and big data sources,
and all their associated access mechanisms, syntax, security, etc. Further,
few data sources are structured properly for business user or application
consumption, let alone reuse. And often the data is incomplete or
Data Abstraction Addresses These Challenges
Data abstraction overcomes data source to data consumer incompatibility by
transforming data from its native structure and syntax i... (more)
As with motherhood and apple pie, who can argue with data governance?
Business users like it because it assures critical business decisions are
made based on sound data.
IT likes data governance because as the organization's data stewards, it
shows they are doing a good job.
Compliance officers and risk managers like data governance because it lets
them sleep at night.
Data Governance Is Challenging
Liking it is one thing. Doing it is another.
Enterprises are struggling to turn the concept of data governance into a
reality due to significantly growing data volumes, variety and va... (more)
Want to Learn About Data Virtualization?
Is your organization considering adding data virtualization to your data
integration, SOA, and cloud technology stack?
Or have you already started your data virtualization adoption journey?
Either way, Data Virtualization Day 2011 is the place to go for the latest
Data Virtualization trends and insights.
Data Virtualization in the Big Apple!
The second annual Data Virtualization Day is October 13 in New York City.
The world's largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers
is expected to draw over 150 attendees.
"Going Beyon... (more)