Data Fabric: An Emerging Data Management Trend

Shaping Intelligence, New Data Formats, and Scale for the Future

news data fabric10 Data and Analytics Trends that will Change Your Business” were identified at the most recent Gartner IT Symposium. Aimed at identifying technology trends that will emerge in 3 to 5 years, Gartner selected data management trends covering three major themes – intelligence, new data formats, and scale. 

CMA believes that our line of data products, Mosaic, anticipated several of these trends and will help companies plan and build for the future of data management.

As reported by Information Week, "You are facing a faster pace of business change, a faster pace of technology change than ever before," said Gartner analyst and VP Rita Sallam. "You need an agile data and analytics architecture that can support that constant change."

The Mosaic line helps business users who pull large sets of data from many different sources, focusing on providing the ease, speed, framework, and governance needed at the enterprise level. As data management continues to evolve, the flexibility from trends such as data fabric will increase in importance.

We aren’t the only ones who think so. According to Mordor Intelligence, “The data center fabric market was valued at USD 22.26 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 82.89 billion by 2025.”

Data Fabric Explained

What is it? Data fabric architecture is a means of supporting “frictionless access and sharing of data in a distributed network environment.” 

 “Data center fabric is a network-centric system, which can be easily built, dissolved, and rebuilt as necessary, to provide data center resources as and when and where they are needed. One of the most obvious advantages of a data center fabric is the consolidation and fabrication of network, computer, and storage and application resources.”

“This trend… lets you support agile data at scale, Sallam said. It used to be the goal was to have all your data in a single data warehouse. But data has become more distributed. Data fabric by design is created for data in silos. It enables a logical data warehouse architecture that enables seamless access and integration of data across heterogeneous storage.”

Enabling Data Fabric

 “The intent of Mosaic Insights is to enable the fabric as a data exchange platform,” said Brian Dougherty, CMA’s Chief Technology Officer. “It is an enterprise framework to democratize the movement, aggregation, and publishing of sensitive data within a secure subscription environment. It is a highly-scalable software architecture that adapts to evolving needs.” 

He further explains, “The value and power of the fabric exponentially increases the larger and more complex the business organization is and a key tenant recognizes that at the point of initial publication of data with the organization the information value of the data it not fully realized or fully curated. Data continues to be curated and value added by distributed nodes (i.e. smaller organizational units) within the larger organization.  Mosaic Insights provides an enterprise coherent software platform that allows these distributed “endpoints” to publish the fully curated data throughout the enterprise.”

“This removes bottlenecks within the data evolution process and provides a more fluid information exchange within the larger organization,” Dougherty concludes.

By enabling access to the fabric, businesses can generate immediate business value. The business can easily abstract and unify data from a variety of legacy environments, to support dashboards, standard queries, and ad-hoc analyses. As data becomes more complex and diverse, Mosaic Insights provides a target for curated data that is analytically ready for authorized end-users to work with on a self-service basis.

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