Chapter 9

Data Virtualization and Service-Oriented Architecture

9.1 Introduction

Business intelligence is a key application area for data virtualization. The data-oriented nature of data virtualization fits the data-oriented nature of business intelligence very well. But other important application areas do exist for data virtualization. One of them is service-oriented architecture (SOA), the topic of this chapter.

In an SOA, applications, services, and databases are being integrated. In that respect, data warehousing and SOA have something in common: both deal with integration. Although the focus in an SOA is on application integration and in a business intelligence system on data integration, they do have to solve similar problems with respect ...

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