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How to Use Your Data Lake for Storage

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Published: Reading time: 4 minStijn-Pieter van Houten VP of Industry Solutions
Stijn-Pieter van HoutenVP of Industry Solutions
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In the digital transformation age, data has become one of the most valuable resources for businesses across the globe. With the increasing volume of data generated every day, the importance of efficient data management and storage solutions has never been more critical. A common query among businesses looking to optimize their data strategy is, "Can we use our own data lake for storage?" So, here we will address this question, exploring the flexibility of using your data lake for storage, specifically within the context of supply chain operations and the unique capabilities of o9's in-memory Graph-Cube storage.

Understanding the flexibility of a data lake for Storage

The first step in addressing concerns about using your own data lake for storage is to understand the specific needs related to data usage. Data lakes are designed to store vast amounts of raw data in its native format until it's needed and usually, layers of varying data quality (“bronze”, ”silver”, “gold”) are included. This flexibility makes data lakes an attractive option for businesses looking to store diverse data types from various sources. However, when it comes to specialized operations such as supply chain management, the question arises: Is general-purpose storage enough?

Tailoring storage solutions to supply chain dynamics

o9's in-memory Graph-Cube storage offers a solution specifically optimized for the complexities and dynamics of supply chain operations. Unlike general-purpose storage solutions like data lakes, data warehouses, or 'lakehouses,' o9's Graph-Cube storage is designed to handle the specific demands of supply chain data efficiently. This doesn't mean duplicating data without cause. Instead, it's about leveraging the best tool for the job - bringing supply chain-relevant data into an environment where it can be processed, analyzed, and acted upon with unmatched efficiency.

Why am I duplicating data storage?

The concern about duplicating data storage stems from a desire to maintain efficiency and cost-effectiveness. o9's approach acknowledges this by optimizing storage for supply chain-specific data. This means that while the data lake serves as a comprehensive storage solution for raw data, o9's Graph-Cube storage works in tandem to enhance supply chain operations without unnecessary duplication. It's about tactical data usage, where each piece of data is stored in the most suitable environment.

Can I access data in my data lake as the main source of truth?

Absolutely. o9's platform can ingest data directly from your data lake, whether on a batch schedule or continuously, ensuring that the data lake remains the main source of truth. This bi-directional data exchange allows o9 to not only utilize data from the data lake but also to send data back, ensuring that updates and modifications are reflected across systems. This seamless integration ensures that data remains consistent, accurate, and up-to-date, enabling more informed decision-making and efficient operations.

The o9 solution

Just as a craftsman selects the best tool for each task, o9 advocates for using the most suited storage solution for specific data needs - especially when it comes to the nuanced and fast-paced world of supply chain management. The analogy here is straightforward: while a data lake provides a broad and flexible storage solution, o9's Graph-Cube storage brings specialized efficiency and optimization to supply chain data and use it for decision-making

Conclusion

The flexibility to use a client's own data lake for storage, coupled with the specialized capabilities of o9's in-memory Graph-Cube storage, offers businesses a comprehensive and efficient data management solution enabling planning decision-making. This approach not only respects the broad storage needs of organizations but also addresses the specific challenges of supply chain operations, ensuring that businesses can make the most of their data. By leveraging the strengths of both general and specialized storage solutions, companies can achieve greater operational efficiency, agility, and competitive advantage in today's data-driven world.

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About the author

Stijn-Pieter van Houten VP of Industry Solutions

Stijn-Pieter van Houten

VP of Industry Solutions

Stijn-Pieter is VP of Industry Solutions at o9 Solutions. He has over 13-year consulting career in Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation and a keen interest in Planning and Control Tower topics.

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