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GigaOm Radar for Data Virtualization: Pure-Play Vendorsv2.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and User Segments
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take
  7. About Andrew Brust

1. Summary

The most challenging aspect of leveraging data for contemporary organizations isn’t the enormous quantity of data or the real-time speeds at which it’s processed. It’s the complexity of the contemporary data landscape, which involves heterogeneous structure variations, schema types, geographic locations, tools, and vendors.

The process of getting these assets to play well together for holistic insight into internet of things (IoT) deployments, artificial intelligence (AI), and the array of resources across different clouds produces two undesired results:

  • Companies typically build silos to manage them.
  • Companies dedicate an inordinate amount of money to traditional data pipelines that are IT-intensive, brittle, and increase regulatory risk.

A preferable alternative is to provide data integration at a logical layer that minimizes—if not eliminates—the need to replicate or move data. Once data is transformed and integrated with this approach, it’s readily published to any tool of choice while giving end users a unified view of data across sources. This method involves data virtualization technologies, which have matured to the point of being one of the most effective means of integrating data today, even though they do so logically rather than physically.

This GigaOm Radar report evaluates data virtualization “pure-play” platforms against specific key criteria and evaluation metrics, and reveals important capabilities for future consideration. Such information is vital for firms looking to broaden existing investments in virtualization solutions, or for those initially considering this technology for a specific use case.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.