What is a “Data Lake”?

What is a “Data Lake”?

Team Polyrific

                Data is the key component of every business that has pushed itself into the digital world of the 21st century, it can make or break decisions as well as give you enough insight to know what some key trends are and give you visibility even when you thought you had seen it all.

                A few considerations must be taken when looking to make your data talk to you, there are implications of every implementation, if the data will be structured, semi-structured or unstructured and what security features can be implemented to ensure it remains only accessible through specific means.

                One term that has become more common when talking about data, especially when looking at big data and enormous volumes of information, is the term “Data Lake”.

                In general, a Data Lake is either a type of system or repository where large volumes of data can be stored in what is called natural data or format, this means that information is made available as it was delivered onto the system such as e-mails, images, PDFs, etc.

                At first this may come as a surprise, the usability of a “Data Lake” can vary depending on the intention of the business and the implementations performed to go through the data, performing the right searches while also creating datasets or graphs that create sense from what seems abstract chaos.

                Care should be taken when leveraging such a service, there are several important pitfalls that can turn a “Data Lake” into a “Data Swamp”, with data becoming unusable or inaccessible with projects taking far too long and not achieving the desired result.

                When considering this there is a final question that comes to mind, why bother with all this then?

                The answer is simple, building the right implementation and focusing on what is important in a sea of data can get you more than what you are aiming for.

                Considering moving all your siloed information, which stands alone and not talking to each other or giving you any insight into what is happening, into a “Data Lake”?

                Polyrific can assist you with the right implementation, building a timeline of processes and migrations when needed to take the right steps from the first draft.

                Contact us now to get a free evaluation and help in putting everything together to turn your data into revenue.

Team Polyrific | Mar 10, 2021

Everyone is doing it; moving infrastructure and applications to the Cloud has become the new norm for businesses looking for exponential growth while reaping considerable benefits.

    Different methodologies are available to do this; some involve slowly transitioning applications and infrastructure to the Cloud, including the integration of new applications or rebuilding current ones to conform to this new norm.

    A more efficient method to achieve this is through the Lift and Shift approach.

The Lift and Shift method ensures that with proper planning and evaluation of your current infrastructure, and the one made available by your Cloud provider, your infrastructure can be moved exactly as it is on your premises to this Cloud provider with little to no impact on availability and business continuity.

There are additional benefits to consider when using this method, such as:

  • Reduction in cost of infrastructure, such as network devices, servers, storage, and backups.

  • Reevaluation of infrastructure to reduce excess use of resources, saving you from additional expenses in your budget.

  • Cloud providers are compliant with the most common compliance standards, such as SOX or HIPAA.

  • Easier access for your business to your applications includes connectivity, load balancing, and business continuity that could be affected otherwise with an on-prem deployment.

  • No additional heavy lifting required, such as refactoring code, rethinking your infrastructure, or retraining end-users and IT employees

  • Continuous backups and data storage, creating effective redundancy that allows for rapid recovery during an incident

  • Opening the possibility of growth exactly when you need it at a fraction of the cost

  • The possibility of future integrations with the services from your Cloud provider (e.g.: Azure AD or Office365 instead of on-prem Active Directories or Exchange Servers)

Other essential items to consider are the following:

The benefits are apparent, but an IT Department will need an individual or group to perform the maintenance and required tasks through the Cloud provider interface.

In that sense, if the department does not have the knowledge or have doubts, the leverage of a partner to assist or perform this task directly can be incredibly beneficial to ensure that the process and continuity of the Cloud environment are achieved successfully.

Do you have questions or doubts about the Lift and Shift approach? Are you looking to move your on-prem environment to the Cloud and save money, time, and effort?

Contact us through the provided method below, and we will contact you to assist you on this matter.