What is Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization is an agile data integration approach organizations use to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Why Use Data Virtualization?

With so much data today, the difference between business leaders and also-rans is often how well they leverage their data. Significant leverage equals significant business value, and that’s a big advantage over the competition.

Data virtualization provides instant access to all the data you want, the way you want it.

Enterprise, cloud, big data, and more, no problem!

What Are The Benefits of Data Virtualization?

With data virtualization, you benefit in several important ways.

  • Gain more business insights by leveraging all your data – Empower your people with instant access to all the data they want, the way they want it.
  • Respond faster to your ever changing analytics and BI – Five to ten times faster time to solution than traditional data integration.
  • Save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation – Stop copying so much data. Data virtualization’s streamlined approach reduces complexity and saves money.

Who Uses Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization is used by your business and IT organizations.

  • Business Leaders – Data virtualization helps you drive business advantage from your data.
  • Information Consumers – From spreadsheet user to data scientist, data virtualization provides instant access to all the data you want, the way you want it.
  • CIOs and IT Leaders – Data virtualization’s agile integration approach lets you respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs and do it for less.
  • CTOs and Architects – Data virtualization adds data integration flexibility so you can successfully evolve your data management strategy and architecture.
  • Integration Developers – Easy to learn and highly productive to use, data virtualization lets you deliver more business value sooner.

How Does Data Virtualization Work?

Data virtualization’s business views provide instant access to the data your business users require, while shielding them from IT’s complexity.

  • Install – Start quickly and scale successfully with an easy-to-adopt overlay to existing infrastructure.
  • Develop – Your IT staff uses data virtualization’s rich data analysis, design and development tools to build the business views (also known as data services).
  • Run – When your business users run a report or refresh a dashboard, data virtualization’s high-performance query engine accesses the data sources and delivers the exact information requested.
  • Manage – Data virtualizations management, monitoring, security and governance functions ensure security, reliability and scalability.

The Cisco Data Virtualization Platform provides all these capabilities in a complete and unified offering. 

When to Use Data Virtualization?

You can use data virtualization to enable a wide range of information solutions including:

When Not To Use Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization is not the answer to every data integration problem.  Sometimes data consolidation in a warehouse or mart, along with ETL or ELT is a better solution for a particular use case.  And sometimes a hybrid mix is the right answer.

You can use Cisco’s Data Integration Strategy Decision Tool to help you decide when to use data virtualization, data consolidation or perhaps a hybrid combination.

What is the Business Case for Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization has a compelling business case.  The following drivers make data virtualization a “must have” for any large organization today.

  • Profit Growth – Data virtualization delivers the information your organization requires to increase revenue and reduce costs.
  • Risk Reduction – Data virtualization’s up-to-the-minute business insights help you manage business risk and reduce compliance penalties.  Plus data virtualization’s rapid development and quick iterations lower your IT project risk.
  • Technology Optimization – Data virtualization improves utilization of existing server and storage investments. And with less storage required, hardware and governance savings are substantial.
  • Staff Productivity – Data virtualization’s easy-to-use, high-productivity design and development environments improve your staff effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Time-to-Solution Acceleration – Your data virtualization projects are completed faster so business benefits are derived sooner. Lower project costs are an additional agility benefit.

How to Deploy Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization installs quickly with an easy-to-adopt overlay to existing infrastructure.

You can start your data virtualization adoption with specific projects that address immediate information needs.

You can also deploy data virtualization in a more enterprise-wide manner, with common semantics, shared objects and architecture, and an Integration Competency Center.

Why Select Cisco?

Cisco is the data virtualization market leader.

Unlike vendors that have only recently added limited data virtualization functionality to their ETL or BI solutions, Cisco has spent a decade delivering over 350 man years of R&D, six million lines of code and millions of hours of operational deployment.

Selected by nearly two hundred of world’s largest organizations, our data virtualization thought leadership assets demonstrate the expertise Cisco can bring to bear for our customers. These include: