Data Fabric FAQs
Here are a few questions around Data Fabric that we come across regularly. Please get in touch with us if you’ve any other queries and our experts will be happy to answer them.
1. Do we need to rip and replace everything in order to implement IBM Data Fabric?
No, the IBM Cloud Pak for Data is a composable service platform. It allows integration with existing architecture provided by IBM, a third party, an IBM partner, or the client’s own solution.
2. We have data and applications spread across multiple clouds and on-premise environments. What advantages do we gain from adopting a data fabric-based architecture?
The advantages of a data fabric architecture in general, coupled with IBM’s data fabric solution are manifold. Here are some of the key advantages:
- Reduction in complexity
- Cost optimisation
- Elasticity in scalability
- Ensuring compliance
3. We have heard that data fabric is just Data Virtualization. Is that true?
Not exactly. Data Virtualization is an important part of a data fabric architecture, but it is only one piece of the larger data management puzzle.
4. We are on different Data Governance Solutions. Can we actually benefit by switching to IBM’s data fabric solution?
Yes. IBM Cloud Pak for Data, which is a part of our data fabric solution, is built on a cloud-ready container foundation that enables the platform to be used on any cloud or on-premise environment. Hence the IBM Cloud Pak for Data comes out of the box with support for many non-IBM data sources including data sources on Azure, Google or Amazon cloud.
5. Last year we heard IBM talking about DataOps. Is Data Fabric replacing DataOps?
No. Data Fabric and DataOps are complementary to each other. To be a highly efficient organization, there are three things that need to come together: people, process, and technology. Data fabric is the technology side, and DataOps is the process side. They should be seen as symbiotic.