July 21, 2020
Organizations today collect terabytes or even petabytes of diverse data from both internal and external sources. Much of it is produced in the cloud.
One approach gaining popularity for modern data management and analytics is to utilize a cloud data platform—a single integrated platform available on the cloud that houses diverse data and provides services such as a data warehouse, data lake, analytics, governance, and/or administrative tooling.
The cloud data platform supports multiple workloads and data types. It provides one place to store and access data for analytics and other use cases. As part of the platform, data can be stored in the warehouse or in a data lake, across multiple nodes; both can be part of the same platform.
A cloud data platform can help improve productivity, provide agility across workloads, and shorten time to value.
This checklist introduces the cloud data platform, examines its value, and addresses several important requirements.