Last week Amsterdam, the week before California, this week Stockholm. I'm in the middle of a manic but enjoyable series
of business trips. Not having had the opportunity to spend any time in Sweden in the past it was a great pleasure to attend the
PROACT SYNC event in the capital.
As proof that I was actually there, here is a picture of the Swedish National Library building. Their mission is to collect and
archive everything printed or published in Swedish, from the printed word, through Radio and TV, to computer games, and
they have been doing this since 1661. Today one of their activities is to digitise the nations content and make it available
through new channels. Big Data in Action.
When it comes to famous Swedes, and there are plenty to chose from, the most famous has to be
Alfred Nobel, who was a chemist, engineer the inventor of Dynamite and whose trust created the Nobel Prizes.
The topic for this talk was "The Data Fabric-Flash to Disk to Cloud" . Now I realise that the more seasoned
readers may be sceptical about the title, but hear me out because this has legs, Mo Farrah legs, it will go
the distance and it will win. Why ? Well, like it or not the business world is changing more rapidly than ever.
Robust Data stewardship in this new Business, Hybrid Cloud world is mandatory, it's not optional, no question.
I see innovative organisations that understand how their IT function can enable the business to meet
opportunities as they arise. They understand that there are a few words that make this a reality Flexibility,
Choice, Predictability and Consistency. They also know that, like it or not, a new business model is required.
One that expands and contracts, where supply follows demand. One where the organisation is not locked
in, but free to move as supply, demand and cost dictate.
This was the theme of my presentation in Stockholm and the people I spoke with in the break were in
agreement. A common message being that applications and compute are reasonably easy to move, but
data does not. There was also the challenge of consistency. The clear requirement for one way, one method,
one process for doing the same thing.
The goal of a data fabric is just this, and by the way, it's not our data fabric it's yours. Your mandatory
and desirable requirements, your service level objectives. Your Data Fabric, your Cloud. It sets a framework
for you to define your business model in the context of an application, compute, network and data fabric.
The concept of a Data Fabric becomes essential when you decide to move to a Hybrid Cloud.
You are the Stewards of your data wherever it resides.
Next time I will look at how NetApp are laser focused on delivering solutions that will enable you to set and realise
your Data Fabric Strategy. Questions will include:
In summary Sweden was a great trip. Great conversations and the endorsement that knowing your business, your opportunity
and your data is more important than ever.
In tribute to that great Swede, Alfred Nobel - The Data Fabric - It's Dynamite
Here are a few links to help you learn more