What is a data fabric?

A data fabric is a data management architecture that can optimise access to distributed data and intelligently curate and orchestrate it for self-service delivery to data consumers. With a data fabric, your customers can elevate the value of their enterprise data by providing users access to the right data just in time, regardless of where it is stored. A data fabric architecture is agnostic to data environments, data processes, data use and geography, while integrating core data management capabilities. It automates data discovery, governance and consumption, delivering business-ready data for analytics and AI.

Why do you need a data fabric?

Top performing enterprises are data driven. However, several challenges block them from fully exploiting all data. Lack of data access. Numerous data sources and data types. Data integration complexities. Research shows that up to 74% of data is not analysed in most organisations¹ and up to 82% of enterprises are inhibited by data silos².

With a data fabric, your business users and data scientists can access trusted data faster for their applications, analytics, AI and machine learning models, and business process automation, helping to improve decision making and drive digital transformation. Technical teams can use a data fabric to radically simplify data management and governance in complex hybrid and multicloud data landscapes while significantly reducing costs and risk.

 Data fabric features

Augmented Knowledge

An abstraction layer that provides a common business understanding of the data and automation to act on insights

Intelligent Integration

A range of integration styles to extract, ingest, stream, virtualize and transform data, driven by data policies to maximize performance while minimizing storage and egress costs

Self Service

A marketplace that supports self-service consumption, enabling users to find, collaborate and access high-quality data

Unified data lifecycle

End-to-end lifecycle management for composing, building, testing and deploying the various capabilities of a data fabric

Multimodal governance

Unified definition and enforcement of data policies, data governance and data stewardship for a business-ready data pipeline

Designed for AI and Hybrid Cloud

An AI-infused composable architecture built for hybrid cloud environments

 

Data fabric delivered on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data

IBM Cloud Pak for Data provides a data fabric solution for faster, trusted AI outcomes. Connect the right data, at the right time, to the right people, from anywhere it’s needed. Use a unified platform that spans hybrid and multicloud environments to ingest, explore, prepare, manage, govern and serve petabyte-scale data for business-ready AI.

Explore the IBM data fabric solution 

For more information, please contact Steve Mecklenburgh at steve.mecklenburgh@scc.com

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