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Need for Data Fabrics Rises as IT Becomes More Distributed

Data is the fuel that drives digital business processes, but most organizations today don’t have an efficient way of managing it across all the platforms on which they have deployed applications. At its core a data fabric architecture loosely describes any platform that reduces the friction associated with access and sharing of data in a distributed network environment. As such, vendors that have historically positioned themselves as providers of everything from storage systems to data management platforms are all now claiming to varying degrees to provide data fabrics that span multiple computing platforms. The challenge IT teams face is that it’s unlikely there will be just one single data lake, notes Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer for Dresner Advisory Services. Each business unit within an organization often launches its own data lake initiative.