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Defining the Cloud Data Platform

January 27, 2021

Prerequisite: None

Philip Russom, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director


We all know that the cloud is the future of IT infrastructure. Likewise, the cloud data platform is the future of data management.

Responses to a recent TDWI survey predict that within three years the average enterprise will have a greater volume of data on the cloud than on premises. The survey also revealed that some organizations have already passed this tipping point.

Where will cloud-based data go? With very few exceptions, enterprises will store, manage, and process cloud-based data on one or more cloud data platforms. This makes the cloud data platform a mission-critical piece of IT infrastructure, especially in data-driven use cases such as data warehousing, reporting, and analytics.

Given that the cloud data platform is the future heart of data management, this talk seeks to help enterprises prepare for its successful use by exploring:

  • Definitions of cloud providers, multicloud, cloud data platforms, cloud data warehouses, and cloud data lakes
  • Relationships among these, plus how they can knit together in a unified cloud data architecture
  • Real-world use cases and infrastructure roles for cloud data platforms
  • Requirements of a modern cloud data platform, based on actual usage

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