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Information Fabric 3.0

Forrester's Reference Architecture For Enterprise Data Virtualization

August 8, 2013

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Enterprises face growing challenges in bridging disparate sources of data to fuel analytics, predictive analytics, real-time insights, and applications. The data explosion is also exacerbating integration, security, performance, quality, and availability issues. Business users need reliable information fast (in real time) to make business decisions, while IT needs to lower costs, minimize complexity, and improve operational efficiency. Eight years ago, Forrester invented the category of data virtualization with our vision of the "information fabric"; these solutions continue to evolve to address the pressing problem of delivering comprehensive capabilities to enable dynamic, real-time data services. In updating our information fabric reference architecture to version 3.0, we reflect these new business requirements to accommodate new technology enhancements supporting big data, cloud, mobility, distributed in-memory caching, and dynamic services. Use information fabric 3.0 to inform and guide your data virtualization strategy.

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Table of Contents

  • Enterprise Data Integration Challenges Are Increasingly Critical
  • Information Fabric 3.0 Uses New Technologies To Broaden Its Impact
  • Information Fabric 3.0 Enables The Rapid Delivery Of Dynamic Services
  • Information Fabric Use Cases Are Expanding Toward Real Time
  • The Market Landscape Is Expanding Beyond Traditional Vendors
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Information Fabric Should Be Part Of Your Data Management Strategy
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • You Need A Data Virtualization Strategy To Avoid Falling Behind
  • Supplemental Material
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