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What is Information Fabric?
Why is it relevant?
The Challenges
Characteristics
Vendor Landscape

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  • 1. Information Fabric Intro to Rajesuwer P Singaravelu Jan 2010 1
  • 2. Data Fabric Data Grid Dynamic Mesh Architecture Although the more simple form of information fabric is called a data fabric or data grid, these terms are often used synonymously. The term fabric comes from a 2-dimensional illustration of interconnects, as in a switched fabric. The purpose of a fabric architecture is that all points within a fabric have a direct interconnect with all other points. Information Fabric - Aliases 2
  • 3. What is Information Fabric Distributed, data platform that sits between application infrastructures (J2EE/.NET Framework) and back-end data sources A virtualized data layer that integrates heterogeneous data and content repositories in real time. “Information Fabric” is coined by Forrester. 3
  • 4. Why Is It Relevant? 4
  • 5. Data Challenges Disparate data sources managed by different applications Data integration, security, performance, availability, and quality Business wants fast, real-time, and reliable information IT wants to lower costs, minimize complexity, and improve operational efficiency 5
  • 6. Pain Points of Traditional DBMS Systems High latency and lack of scalability under concurrent loads Lack of effective state management in distributed environments Expensive and inefficient data replication Lack of flexibility in supporting event driven architectures as well as request/ reply. 6
  • 7. Characteristics of Information Fabric Distributed, co-located, reliable data distribution High availability, scalability and performance In-memory data caching, multiple APIs for data access, and real-time data analysis Query, Continuous Query features Read-through (from databases) and Write-Behind (asynchronous write to DB) 7
  • 8. Vendor Landscape GemFire Enterprise Data Fabric http://www.gemstone.com/products/gemfire/edf.php Oracle Coherence Data Grid (formerly the Tangosol) http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/coherence/index.html IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale (formerly extended deployment data grid) http://www-01.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/extremescale/ GigaSpaces Enterprise Data Fabric http://www.gigaspaces.com/ Cacheonix Data Fabric http://www.cacheonix.com/ Hazelcast Data Fabric http://www.hazelcast.com/ Adobe LiveCycle Data Services ES http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/dataservices/index.html 8