Data Access

What is Data Access?

Data access refers to the ability to retrieve and utilize data stored in a database or other storage system. It encompasses a range of activities, including data retrieval, management, analysis, and protection. The goal of data access is to provide individuals and organizations with the ability to access or retrieve data stored within a repository so users can retrieve, move, or manipulate it across a wide range of use cases.

In practice, data access can involve a range of technologies, tools, and processes. For example, it may involve using a database management system to store and retrieve data, implementing data security measures to protect against unauthorized access, and using data analytics tools to visualize, process, and unlock insights.

Overall, data access plays a crucial role in modern organizations, as it enables businesses to reach siloed data sources to make informed decisions.

What is frictionless data access?

Frictionless Data Access enables quick and safe access to data in hybrid settings. It is intended to assist enterprises in overcoming the difficulties associated with maintaining and accessing data across several locations, platforms, and formats.

Frictionless Data Access's salient characteristics include:

Unified data access: Frictionless Data Access gives companies an easy way to access and analyze data from various platforms and formats by giving a single view of the data across many sources.

Data security: The system has strong data security features including data encryption, access limits, and data masking. This makes it easier to guarantee that sensitive data is safeguarded and complies with legal standards.

Scalability: Frictionless Data Access is made to scale to meet the demands of big data environments with complicated structures. It supports a variety of data access patterns, such as batch processing, real-time streaming, and interactive queries, and can manage enormous data volumes.

Data governance: The solution comes with data governance features that let businesses control data quality, data lineage, and data privacy.

Cloud-native architecture: Frictionless Data Access is based on a cloud-native architecture that allows hybrid and multi-cloud setups. This makes it possible for businesses to quickly and easily install and manage data access services.

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Why is data access necessary and why is it important?

Data access is crucial because it helps businesses to use their data assets to acquire insights, make wise decisions, and increase revenue. Data access is vital and significant for the following reasons, in more detail:

Making business decisions: Organizations may use data to create data-driven decisions that can enhance business results and boost profitability. Organizations can discover trends, patterns, and insights that can guide company strategy and decision-making through studying data.

Competitive advantage: Data access may give enterprises a competitive edge by allowing them to adapt to market changes, client requirements, and new trends faster and more effectively than their competitors. Market share growth and revenue expansion may result from this.

Innovation: Access to data can fuel innovation by enabling organizations to develop new products and services, improve existing offerings, and create new business models. By analyzing data, organizations can identify new opportunities and generate insights that can inform innovation.

Efficiency: Data access can improve operational efficiency by providing timely and accurate data to stakeholders across the organization. This can help streamline business processes, reduce costs, and improve productivity.

Compliance: To meet legal obligations and guarantee that data is safe and secure, data access is frequently required. Organizations may make sure they are following rules and preventing unwanted access to sensitive data by granting regulated and secure access to data.

In conclusion, data access is crucial because it helps businesses to take well-informed choices, acquire a competitive edge, spur innovation, increase operational effectiveness, and adhere to legal and regulatory obligations. Organizations may maximize the value of their data and promote business success by efficiently maintaining and accessing their data assets.

What is a data access gateway?

A data access gateway is a software or hardware component that provides a secure and controlled point of access to data stored in different locations and formats. It acts as a mediator between the data source and the end user or application, enabling data to be accessed, processed, and shared securely across different environments.

Data access gateways can be used to access data stored in on-premises data centers, public and private clouds, and SaaS applications. They are often used in hybrid and multi-cloud environments where data is distributed across multiple locations.

Data access gateways typically provide a range of features, including data encryption, authentication and authorization, data transformation and filtering, and data caching. They can be used to provide secure and controlled access to data for internal users, external partners, and third-party applications.

Some common use cases for data access gateways include:

  • Providing secure access to on-premises data from public clouds or remote locations
  • Enabling real-time data streaming and processing across distributed environments
  • Providing secure access to SaaS applications and APIs
  • Enabling secure data sharing between partners and customers

A data access gateway is a critical component in enabling secure and controlled access to data stored in different locations and formats. It provides organizations with the ability to access and leverage their data assets in a flexible and scalable way.

Why is data access across hybrid environments important?

Data access across hybrid environments is important because many organizations now use a mix of on-premises, cloud, and SaaS-based systems to store and manage their data. This has created a complex data landscape that can make it difficult to access and manage data effectively. Here are some reasons why data access across hybrid environments is important:

Enables data-driven decision-making: Data is one of the most valuable assets for any organization, and access to data from different sources is essential for making informed business decisions. By providing a unified view of data across hybrid environments, organizations can make decisions based on insights derived from data analysis.

Improves operational efficiency: A lack of access to data can cause inefficiencies in business processes, leading to lost productivity and wasted resources. By providing seamless access to data across hybrid environments, organizations can streamline their operations and reduce costs.

Facilitates innovation: The more data users can access, the better the available insights. This means that users can confidently make decisions on innovations, and business strategies or be a first mover with a new opportunity.

Enhances collaboration: Hybrid environments often involve multiple teams or departments working on different systems. By providing unified access to data, organizations can enhance collaboration and sharing of data which improves business outcomes. 

Ensures data security:  Applying security consistently across hybrid environments is expensive. To access the data, each platform needs a team of dedicated employees, software licensing for the tools, and manual configuration of each system. In ensuring that policies are consistently applied across hybrid environments, the adoption of automated policies can assist to decrease expenses. By providing a unified view of data across hybrid environments, organizations can gain a competitive edge and drive growth.

Why is data access complex?

Data access can be complex for several reasons, including:

Data is stored in different locations: Data can be stored in a variety of locations, including on-premises data centers, public and private clouds, and SaaS applications. This can make it difficult to access and manage data effectively, as data from different locations may require different tools or protocols for access.

Data is stored in a variety of formats: There are several forms in which data can be kept, including unstructured data, semi-structured data, and structured data (such as in XML files) (such as in documents or social media posts). As a result, it may be challenging to combine data from many sources for analysis since the data might require being processed or cleansed.

Data is accessible by various users: Accessing each data source requires negotiating with the owner for authorization  before it can be accessed.   Negotiating authorization to access different data silos is time consuming and laborious resulting in a time lag that may dilute the value of the data.

Data is subject to regulations and compliance requirements: The digital economy and increasing number of cyber attacks on organizations have resulted in strict regulations to make sure everyone’s personal data is used, stored, and protected properly. Data compliance is the process used to ensure that organizations comply with these regulations. Failing a data compliance audit can result in significant penalties.

Data sources are increasing:  The number of devices and systems creating data has increased significantly. For example: emails, social media, mobile devices, point-of-sale endpoints. Each of these sources can come with different formats that make it difficult to get the data fast enough for real-time analysis.

Cost-efficient access to data means that organizations need to move away from a plethora of different tools and dedicated storage to a new approach that enables users to quickly access and get the data sets they need for their daily tasks. 

HPE and Data Access

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) offers a range of solutions for data access, including:

HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric: This solution helps organizations conquer these challenges with a hybrid data plan that delivers at-a-glance visibility and direct access to different data types across on-premises, co-location, clouds, HPE GreenLake, and edge locations.

HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics: Helps customers develop and deploy applications and analytic workloads across hybrid environments with a secure, fully managed open-source SaaS solution and a curated stack of the most popular open-source tools with a cloud-like experience.

HPE Ezmeral Data Pipeline: This is a data pipeline automation platform that provides tools for data ingestion, transformation, and distribution. It enables organizations to automate their data workflows and ensure that data is available for analysis in a timely and efficient manner.

HPE Data Access Gateway: This is a software solution that provides secure and controlled access to data stored in various sources, including on-premises data centers, public clouds, and SaaS applications. It provides a unified access point for data across multiple sources and enables organizations to manage and secure their data assets.

HPE Services: HPE also offers consulting and professional services to help organizations manage their data access needs. These services include data architecture design, data migration, and data management.

HPE offers a range of solutions for data access that include data management platforms, containerization, machine learning operations, data pipeline automation, data access gateways, and consulting and professional services. These solutions are designed to help organizations effectively manage their data assets and gain insights from their data.