Contributed by Wes Williams

As software systems become more and more complex and sophisticated, with expanding user bases and requirements centered around “big data,” traditional database solutions can become performance bottlenecks. Organizations that face the realities of information systems of colossal size have no alternative but to seek solutions that are equal to the computing challenges. Data Fabrics—also sometimes called Grid Computing12—offer performance and elastic scalability capabilities that such business situations demand.

12. This is not to say that Fabrics and Grids are identical concepts, but for those looking at this architecture in a general way these labels often mean the same thing. Certainly marketing and sales often limit ...

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