A big shift is taking place in Enterprise Data Warehousing. Where previously complex hardware and expensive software licenses had to be purchased, the same is now and more available at a pay as you go rate in the cloud. But what does this mean for existing business models? Can you still conclude management contracts for EDW infrastructure if this is offered managed? Can you compete with physical servers against the scalability and cost efficiency of the cloud? The answer is simple; No. The benefits of the cloud have definitively penetrated into the traditional Enterprise Data Warehousing landscape and the best infrastructure for Enterprise Data Warehousing can therefore be found in the cloud.
The range of cloud data warehouse services is extremely diverse, there are many different solutions for setting up a data warehouse in the cloud. However, there is a fundamental difference in the underlying technologies. One of the biggest differentiators at the moment is whether a data warehouse has been developed cloud-native; many solutions are a further development of a traditional data warehouse solution and as a result cannot basically make optimum use of the benefits of the cloud.
Cloud-native Data Warehousing is the modern approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing. Because this new type of data warehouse has been developed from scratch for the cloud, the drawing board has taken into account how the benefits of the cloud can make a data warehouse solution functionally stronger. For example, a distinguishing factor is the separation of storage and compute, which means that you can switch compute on and off depending on current usage without having to replicate storage. Through physical separation of storage and compute, you can also grant access to storage via different compute nodes, making it possible to share data at the database level. If you want to know more about the possibilities of cloud-native Data Warehousing, please contact us