Data Virtualization: A Supermarket for Data


Data consumers need a "data supermarket," whereby all data, regardless of source, format, or volume, is easily accessible; what they need is data virtualization. Data virtualization forms a virtual data layer, just like a supermarket, that lies between the data sources and the consuming applications. Instead of working with copies of the data itself, data virtualization works only with the metadata (the information needed to access each source) in a virtual data layer. In an increasingly data-driven world, fast access to data is key for making real-time business decisions, so why waste precious time, money, and resources using outdated data integration tools, when you can "shop" with ease using data virtualization?