What is Data Mesh?
Data mesh is an architectural paradigm that unveils analytical data at scale, rapidly releasing access to an increasing number of distributed domain data sets for a proliferation of consumption scenarios such as machine learning, analytics, or data-intensive applications across the organization. It addresses the standard failure modes of the traditional centralized data lake or data platform architecture, shifting from the centralized paradigm of a lake, or its predecessor, the data warehouse.
Data mesh shifts to a paradigm that draws from modern distributed architecture: considering domains as the first-class concern, applying platform thinking to create a self-serve data infrastructure, treating data as a product, and implementing open standardization to enable an ecosystem of interoperable distributed data products. Data Mesh acquisition needs a very high level of automation regarding infrastructure provisioning, realizing the self-service infrastructure. Every Data Product team should manage to provide what it needs autonomously.
A critical point that makes a data mesh platform successful is the federated computational governance, which provides interoperability via global standardization. The “federated computational governance” is a group of data product owners with the challenging task of making rules and simplifying the conformity to such regulations. What is decided by the “federated computational governance” should follow DevOps and Infrastructure as Code conduct.
With the help of a centralized data warehouse, data mesh solves these challenges;
- Lack of ownership
- Lack of quality: Poor data quality, thus enabling the infrastructure team to know the data they are handling
- Organizational scaling: Scaling of a business or organization, thus enabling the central team to become the center point.
Data infrastructure is the other makeup of a data mesh. Data infrastructure entails the provision of access control to data, its storage, a pipeline, and a data catalog. The main goal of the data infrastructure is to avert any duplication of data in an organization. Every data product team focuses on building its own data products faster and independently. This way, the data infrastructure platform is compatible with different data domain types.
Why use a data mesh?
Allowing greater autonomy and flexibility for data owners, facilitating greater data experimentation and innovation while lessening the burden on data teams to field the needs of every data consumer through a single pipeline.
Data meshes’ self-serve infrastructure-as-a-platform provides data teams with a universal, domain-agnostic, and often automated approach to data standardization, data product lineage, data product monitoring, alerting, logging, and data quality metrics.
Provides a competitive edge compared to traditional data architectures, which are often hamstrung by the lack of data standardization between investors and consumers.
A data mesh helps the organization to escape the analytical and consumptive confines of monolithic data architectures and connects siloed data. To enable ML and automated analytics at scale. The data mesh allows the company to be data-driven and give up data lakes and data warehouses. It replaces them with the power of data access, control, and connectivity. If you want to know more, reach us at Dqlabs.ai, and we’ll be glad to get answers to all your queries.