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 | Aug 12, 2021

As businesses continue to grow so does the desire to find the best cloud solution; the one that is the most adaptable and offers the best pricing.

                The focus of this series will be to find out what the three big providers of the market offer, on one corner we have Amazon Web Services, the provider which popularized the term cloud with one of the largest market shares.

                Another popular provider which holds a fair share of the market is Azure, from Microsoft, which offers easy integrations with your current infrastructure making shifting your environment towards the cloud easier than ever.

                Finally, we will look at GCP, Google Cloud Platform, from the company that currently has the largest share of the search engine market as well as streaming, GCP is a part of the repertoire available from Google with some interesting features.

                These cloud providers offer you an initial free period, either by credit, time, or requests, which allows for testing to ensure that this is the right provider to tap into when considering performing a partial or total move from on-premises infrastructure towards the cloud.

                Note also that we are only speaking about the most important players in the market, there are others to consider such as IBM Cloud, DigitalOcean and SAP Cloud Platform which have other services and features available, in some instances not as complete as the initial three.

                As we move along with every provider, we will point out some of their strongest features, some pointers to investigate when evaluating cost and how billing works in each platform as well as any option that these providers give you evaluate and perform a migration to the cloud.

                One final important note regarding these providers, Polyrific is a holistic provider that is not tied to a single cloud provider, we can help you evaluate your current environment and create an architecture in the provider of your choosing which gives you everything you need.

                Contact us now to get a free initial evaluation of your environment and a proposal that will help you push your business towards the cloud and exponential growth.

Team Polyrific | Aug 11, 2021

                Cloud migration can be performed through different methods, but before we take a deep dive into the matter there are other initial considerations that any business must take.

  • Who will perform the Cloud Migration, who is the Cloud Architect?
    • This may well be the most complicated portion of this list, doing it in-house or choosing an MSP to assist you in this process can make or break the entire situation.
    • The establishment of a role or department for this task must be done before any other considerations are taken, doing this too late during the entire process can reduce the effectivity and velocity of the implementation.
  • What is the best Cloud provider for me?
    • There may be a need to put a single Cloud provider at the forefront, leveraging all the features and capacity it offers while ensuring that you do not break the bank on the first month.
    • In other instances, there may be a need to use different Cloud providers due to services or features that are of interest to the business, this consideration can be seen in the following item.
  • What type of integration can be done with the Cloud provider?
    • When a business has come to integrate their business processes with a Cloud provider it may be too complicated or costly to move towards another proposed or chosen provider by the business.
    • In other situations where implementations have not been undertaken with a Cloud provider it is crucial to identify how applications can be integrated with the services and the benefits of such implementations
  • What type of Cloud migration are you looking into?
    • We have previously spoken about lift and shift, moving all your infrastructure into the cloud without changing the current setup or performing minimal changes only when needed.
    • Another method of performing a migration is to completely push and integrate everything into the Cloud with a mix of services and features, minimizing the infrastructure footprint by leveraging other methods of interaction.
  • How much must be migrated and how long will it take?
    • Another important question to close this list, how much data and hosts need migration, how fast can these be moved and what is the business reaction time to the changes towards the Cloud environment?
    • Will the changes take days, weeks, or months, can the migration process be done efficiently or would refactoring of the current environment be involved?

These are some of the most important questions with some of the points and answers to consider when performing the first steps for a migration.

                Still have questions or doubts and need help? Contact Polyrific now to get assistance with your migration to the Cloud, obtain a free evaluation of your current environment while providing you a clear timeline on how this process can be achieved without interruptions.

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.