Jay Kidd writes for Forbes, “Running applications in the cloud is extremely compelling, because you get to run your applications on equipment that you don’t have to pay for or manage. But you still need to be the steward for your data.” How does a company do that when there are many cloud solutions, vendors and even ideas to implement?
Mr. Kidd recommends creating a data fabric – a consistent set of values that connects your data, processes and your organization no matter where it is operating. He writes that to create a data fabric you need to keep in mind four items:
- A solid foundation of virtualization software
- Proven data-transport technology between cloud solutions – efficient in storage and bandwidth-use
- Consistent data services for all applications
- Ability to deploy in different configurations
Mr. Kidd adds, “The future landscape of IT is a mixture of clouds—public and private. What’s needed is a way to consistently manage, secure, protect, share and move data across this hybrid cloud setup.” A data fabric can provide that consistency to allow you to weave between cloud solutions and stay connected.
In another article Mr. Kidd highlights the benefits of having a data fabric in place:
- A data fabric can help alleviate your team’s workload because it allows for non-core functions to move more easily to the cloud
- A data fabric can allow you to take advantage of cost savings from existing cloud application offerings – moving becomes easier when you have a consistent fabric in place
- A data fabric can improve focus on core applications by providing a more effecient means to transfer non-core apps to the cloud
- A data fabric allows you to take advantage of the cloud’s flexibility when it comes to development and testing. Data sets can be “cloned” and even worked on by developers in parallel
Mr. Kidd predicts that many will find themselves in a world of multiple clouds and multiple vendors. Taking the time today to establish a common and consistent view of your data and developing a data fabric will serve you well down the road in terms of efficiencies, cost savings and innovation.