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Data Hubs, Data Lakes and Data Warehouses: How They Are Different and Why They Are Better Together

Published: 13 February 2020

ID: G00465401

Analyst(s): Ted Friedman, Nick Heudecker

Summary

Many data and analytics leaders think of data hubs, data lakes and data warehouses as interchangeable alternatives. In reality, each of these architectural patterns has a different primary purpose. When they are combined, they can support increasingly complex, diverse and distributed workloads.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Distinguish Between Data Warehouses, Data Lakes and Data Hubs, and Recognize How They Differ in Focus
  • Communicate the Characteristics and Common Use Cases for Each of These Structures
  • Maximize Your Ability to Support a Broader Range of Diverse Use Cases Through Combinations of These Structures

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