Essential Guide

Exploring data virtualization tools and technologies

Looking to change the way you manage data integration? Explore data virtualization tools in this guide to find out what analysts, IT managers and business users are saying about the technology's benefits and challenges.

Introduction

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.

1News and trends-

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.

News

Is it time to implement data virtualization tools at your company?

This article discusses data virtualization tools, offering insights from business users and industry analysts to help you determine if they're right for your company. Continue Reading

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Data virtualization products gain visibility as data types explode

Due to the rapid increase in the amount of data types and sources in organizations, data virtualization technology is now more prominent in the data integration market. Continue Reading

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Data virtualization, cloud computing drive Cisco acquisition

Learn about the $180 million deal between Cisco and Composite Software Inc. in this news article. Continue Reading

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IT pros discuss data virtualization software at Data Virtualization Day conference

Make the most of data virtualization software by finding the right use case and paying attention to tuning issues, experienced users say. Continue Reading

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A wider approach to data virtualization: Denodo Technologies explains

In this news article, an executive from Denodo Technologies discusses whether the market is ready for increased adoption of data virtualization tools. Continue Reading

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Data virtualization technology: Demand on the rise

Forrester Research predicts that the use of data virtualization technology will increase as users seek new approaches to data integration. Continue Reading

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Data virtualization technology among information management tools for the future

Read about research findings related to data virtualization, data governance and master data management trends in this article. Continue Reading

2Use cases-

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.

Feature

Benefits of data virtualization technology: Improved decision making

Data virtualization tools are contributing to expedited development and decision making at pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. Continue Reading

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Pfizer finds answer to data integration issues in virtualization tools

Learn more about why Pfizer decided to adopt data virtualization tools in place of traditional ETL software for some of its data integration processes. Continue Reading

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Data virtualization software expedites chip development for Qualcomm

Mobile chipset maker Qualcomm decided to use data virtualization tools and embrace the logical data warehouse philosophy, explains an IT architect. Continue Reading

Podcast

Charity uses data virtualization tools to aid in efforts to help children

Compassion International Inc., a Christian charitable organization, is using data virtualization tools to help it provide food, education and other services to needy children. Continue Reading

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Insurance provider chooses Informatica data virtualization software

HealthNow New York Inc. selected Informatica data virtualization software following a comprehensive product evaluation. Find out why. Continue Reading

3Videos-

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.

Video

How Cisco is integrating Composite Software with its networking products

Learn about Cisco's plans for the future of Composite Software, which includes allowing the data virtualization vendor to operate independently.

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Pfizer research fellow discusses experiences with data virtualization software

Michael Linhares, a research fellow and data integration team leader at Pfizer, details his use of data virtualization software in this video interview.

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Data management complexity amplified by server virtualization issues

Watch this video tip for insights into server virtualization issues and how they impact the data management environment.

Video

Facilitating the virtualization of mission-critical applications

By virtualizing mission-critical applications, organizations can make the software-defined data center a reality.

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Business user touts hybrid virtualization and cloud computing model

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.

4Glossary-

Virtualization vocabulary

5Quiz-

How well do you know data virtualization technology?

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