Business Data Lakes Flood EMC World 2015

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EMC World 2015 (May 4-7) will feature familiar industry buzzwords -- big data, cloud, the Internet of Things and plenty more. But for data scientists, the term to track is enterprise data lakes, which may ultimately feed information to predictive analytics applications.

EMC CEO Joe Tucci (pictured below) has built a federated company network (spanning EMC, Pivotal, RSA, VCE and VMware) that offers hundreds of product combinations. But you can boil down the offerings into three IT categories:

  • End-user computing: featuring desktop as a service, enterprise mobile management and more.
  • Enterprise hybrid cloud: Where virtualized computing, network and storage converge.
  • Business data lakes: Which offers building blocks for analytics applications.

Will Data Lakes Succeed?

Data lakes are storage repositories that hold lots of data in their native format until its needed by data scientists, business analysts, end-users and more. Data lakes can potentially eliminate information silos while also addressing big data needs -- but they also introduce some new challenges to the IT conversation.

Eager to solve those challenges, the EMC Federation has developed the Federation Business Data Lake. EMC says the platform features:

  • Pre-configured building blocks, converged infrastructure, and an intuitive recommendation engine.
  • A self-service virtualized ecosystem addresses security and governance even as more and more users move onto the system. 

Numerous EMC World sessions -- featuring partners like Capgemini -- will walk attendees through data lake foundations, technologies, business use cases and more. A case in point: At least one vertical market case study -- involving public safety, transportation and video surveillance -- will zero in on a data lake discussion.
Moving Fast Enough?

Still, EMC and its partners will need to prove that data lakes -- especially on-premises solutions -- provide rapid ROI. Much like every other sector of IT, the data lake market has increasingly involved cloud computing.

The latest case in point: Microsoft earlier this week introduced Azure Data Lake, which customers can activate within minutes without buying or configuring the underlying infrastructure. 

Stay tuned to Information Management for ongoing insights and analysis from EMC World 2015.

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