Companies increasingly face the challenge of managing a growing variety of data that comes from disparate sources, often both internal and external. While traditional information management technologies and approaches to data integration still play the leading role in most organizations, data virtualization software offers the potential to speed up integration and improve decision-making capabilities in applications requiring data from multiple source systems.
But implementing data virtualization tools -- which pull together data without consolidating it in a data warehouse -- is a significant change, and proponents may well encounter resistance to that change. Before subjecting business users to a major shift in the data management environment, it's worth it to thoroughly research data virtualization technology, how other organizations have implemented it and what they've learned from their experiences.
Learn more about data virtualization tools and technology in this essential guide, which offers news articles, user stories, interviews and videos on this emerging product category.
News and trends
1. Data virtualization tools on the rise
Discover whether data virtualization is the way to go to meet your organization's information management needs. Companies that have implemented data virtualization software report faster integration speed and performance and improved decision-making capabilities -- but some deployment challenges as well. Learn more in the articles in this section, which explore data virtualization tools, trends and predictions for the future.
2. Data virtualization in the field
Various companies have embraced and implemented data virtualization technologies at this point, demonstrating their potential business value and staying power. Check out the articles in this section for discussions of how data virtualization projects have worked for companies such as pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and companies in the insurance and technology sectors.
3. Virtualization videos with IT pros
Watch these brief videos for news, insights and advice from those who have experience implementing data virtualization software and related technologies. Experts, researchers and business users discuss what has worked well so far, and what lies ahead in terms of data management.
Learn about Cisco's plans for the future of Composite Software, which includes allowing the data virtualization vendor to operate independently.
Michael Linhares, a research fellow and data integration team leader at Pfizer, details his use of data virtualization software in this video interview.
Watch this video tip for insights into server virtualization issues and how they impact the data management environment.
By virtualizing mission-critical applications, organizations can make the software-defined data center a reality.
In this video, a VMworld attendee shares his positive feedback about implementing a hybrid virtualization and cloud computing model, and explains why big data is next.
4. Virtualization vocabulary
5. How well do you know data virtualization technology?
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