What is Composable Data and How Does it Benefit Businesses?

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In an increasingly digital world, businesses need to continually upgrade their processes to ensure a fast and efficient service. According to TechNative, many companies did this by migrating to the cloud, providing more computational and data agility. However, this cloud computing model is far from perfect. Operating heavy software applications is still more efficient when they're hosted locally or on-premises. But how can businesses achieve this level of efficiency? Enter, composable data.

Why use composable data and infrastructures?

Composable data and infrastructures entail the ability to store and disseminate different resources to remote machines or devices. This means sets of information or software applications are only provided when requested by the end-user. Composable infrastructure is one of the many options for organizing IT infrastructures, as stated in TechTarget. Other infrastructures include hyper-converged infrastructure (HPI), disaggregated HCI (dHCI), and traditional infrastructures. Among the IT infrastructure solutions named, composable infrastructure is the most advanced. It has the most potential for scaling, provides robust resource management options, and has a high potential for automation. Thus, it's been growing in popularity in the marketplace.

Composable data and infrastructures are an excellent choice for expediting business processes as it circumvents the familiar problem of overprovision. Processing hardware is bogged down when its storage houses too much data. So, by moving that data to another storage system and only providing it when needed greatly improves the speed of operation. Additionally, composable infrastructure can be built and facilitated by low-code or no-code tools, meaning they'll be easily accessible to the entire workforce, not just data experts.

How do different industries benefit from Composable Data?

Given the general benefits of composability, how can it benefit specific industries? Here are two examples:

Composable data is useful in supply chain management, particularly in telematics systems. According to Verizon Connect's guide to telematics, the technology can monitor the location of a vehicle 24/7. By implementing composable data systems in telematics processes, fleet managers can track drivers anytime and anywhere. This allows for seamless communications between employees and managers, optimized route selection, and delivery tracking. On the other hand, drivers can also leverage composable infrastructure to access fleet applications, such as trackers, predictive maintenance records, and other software that can aid in their trip.

Another industry that benefits from composability is healthcare. CIO's article on redefining the clinical experience cites that the ever-growing web of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) is increasing data generation exponentially. Thus, computation speed greatly decreases. However, with the help of composable infrastructure, healthcare professionals can access medical software and information as needed, without bogging down their hardware. This allows for faster processing and reduced data costs, allowing medical institutions to focus more on improving patient care and digitalizing processes.

Composable data and infrastructures are all about managing data use to maximize productivity within the business. As mentioned on the Be Energized Podcast, by choosing the best internal storage systems and optimizing the distribution of data, businesses can boost their performance. There's no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to choosing a data storage system, so one business might need data hubs, while another might work better with a data lake. However, when it comes to IT infrastructure solutions, composable data provides a strong case against its alternatives. Its capabilities in bolstering business processes while still allowing for open access to relevant resources are vital for businesses to stay agile and competitive in today's fast-paced landscape.

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Written for greenbird.com by Millie Nicholas