How to be certain about your data in an uncertain future

The Register discusses the many ways that sensitive data can be compromised and the need for properly executed flexible data structures, extensively quoting Artyom Astafurov, head of IoT/M2M practice at DataArt.

“Another risk to look for is vendor lock-in, warned Artyom Astafurov, senior vice president of M2M at global technology consulting firm DataArt. “When you’re building a data structure around a platform like Amazon Web Services, you’re highly dependent on their services,” he said, by way of example. “Vendor lock-in is the price you pay for a gain in velocity.”

One of the biggest barriers for companies trying to make their data architectures and supporting infrastructures less rigid is that the data services and the infrastructure they rely on are still tightly coupled, warned Astafurov. He argues that abstracting one from the other can make it easier to access them programmatically.

When vendors talk about software-defined anything, from storage to whole datacenters, this is typically what they’re on about. The concept promises IT departments the ability to adapt their infrastructure to support new services as necessary. Astafurov takes it one step further, though, advocating services that can be automatically run on standardised, repeatable clusters.

“Resource management and service discovery helps you to separate the infrastructure from the services,” he said, citing tools like Apache Mesos which can manage clusters of machines and run services as containers. “What we are seeing lately (and Mesophere is a good example) is building environments where the payload is a container which is dynamically scheduled to that machine,” he explained.​”

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