10 Reasons for Moving to a Converged Data Platform

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-04-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Reasons for Moving to a Converged Data Platform

    From better insights into data to improved administration and security, a converged data platform offers a multitude of benefits.
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    2 - Apps Automate Real-Time Adjustments to Improve Business Performance
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    Apps Automate Real-Time Adjustments to Improve Business Performance

    Adapting to changes in systems operations requires capturing event data, assessing that data and responding in real time—all while using deeper historical analysis to create a feedback loop to improve future responses. A good big data analytics function can play a big role here.
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    3 - Real-Time Analytical Insight
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    Real-Time Analytical Insight

    This is used to provide a complete view of data in files, database records and data streams. Data comes from many sources today, and using the right data storage engine in a single platform lets you take advantage of that single view of all data.
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    4 - Lower Total Cost of Ownership
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    Lower Total Cost of Ownership

    This emanates from more efficient sharing of resources on a converged platform. Rather than create separate clusters that require separate resource allocation that leads to underutilization across the data center, a converged data platform leads to better utilization and thus fewer hardware expenditures.
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    5 - Faster Application Development
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    Faster Application Development

    A converged platform can speed up development of any type of application because it can handle greater volumes of data to add into the development process. Identifying more use cases and more business value from data becomes easier as related—but previously disparate—data sets are correlated in the same platform.
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    6 - Reduced Cluster Sprawl
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    Reduced Cluster Sprawl

    This minimizes complexity that can cause errors. With fewer clusters with which to work, a converged data platform reduces the integration processes across those disparate clusters, thus reducing the heavy troubleshooting and resolution work that arises when a problem occurs.
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    Consistency in Administration

    A converged platform generally results in a consistent, unified framework for administration, business continuity, security and data governance. Responsibilities for maintaining data value, including enforcing policies and strategies around business continuity, security and governance, can get overwhelming when you have disparate silos to manage with different administrative controls.
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    8 - Reduced Data Duplication
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    Reduced Data Duplication

    This reduces redundancy for the processes and tools required to manage each copy. A converged data platform reduces the data duplication that is necessary in an environment with task-specific silos, which eliminates redundant administration effort for various processes and data management tools.
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    9 - Enables Use of New-Gen Tools
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    Enables Use of New-Gen Tools

    A broad range of open-source projects are now available for converged platforms that provide a rich diversity of processing options. Big data requires the use of many different technologies, since you're dealing with many data types and different goals. Having a range of cost-effective tools at your disposal gives you the agility to deliver on important initiatives.
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    10 - Less Development Effort for Integrating Separate Workloads
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    Less Development Effort for Integrating Separate Workloads

    New-gen environments often entail real-time and batch processing intersecting with operational and analytical workloads. A converged data platform creates a more seamless handoff between the many workloads you will run to handle big data.
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    11 - Provides Local Data Access to Enterprisewide Data
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    Provides Local Data Access to Enterprisewide Data

    A converged data platform can be deployed in many locations around the world, so that distinct user locations can access a cluster in a local data center with high speed and minimized latency. At the same time, each user group can be given access to an enterprisewide view of the data without enduring the latency of accessing geographically remote data centers.
 

We are all quite aware that data volume and velocity are increasing at increasing speeds, so it becomes more relevant than ever to provide users with immediate access to the right data across operational and analytical workloads. When tasks need to be completed, the data must be accessible and transportable in real time. The conventional approach of creating new data silos for distinct data sets is clearly inadequate. A converged data platform inside a data center puts data services, including enterprise storage, database and event streaming, into a single deployment to deliver real-time data to users. This is similar to a converged infrastructure in a data center—more functionality is connected physically together in order to create better efficiency of data movement. There are a multitude of benefits to a converged platform approach; we present 10 of those benefits here. This eWEEK slide show uses industry information from Dale Kim, senior director of industry solutions at MapR Technologies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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