Why Your Enterprise Data Catalog Needs to be Cloud Native

by | Jan 17, 2022 | 2022, Data catalogs

When it comes to data catalogs, not all solutions are created equal – and the tell is in how they define their cloud infrastructure. Many claim to be cloud-based or cloud-enabled, but that just means their applications were built traditionally (on-prem) and then migrated to the cloud. The truth is, this doesn’t offer modern enterprises the scale or flexibility needed to maintain agile growth. Only a cloud-native data catalog can deliver on that promise. Here are three reasons why.

Enterprise scalability

Cloud-native data catalogs are built on a microservices architecture. AWS defines microservices architecture as “an architectural and organizational approach to software development where software is composed of small independent services that communicate over well-defined APIs.” A major benefit of this model is that it is fast to deploy and easy to scale. Deploying a cloud-native data catalog can be done much more quickly than a cloud-based or cloud-enabled one. Traditionally built catalogs typically require software to be set up and/or hardware to be provisioned. A cloud-native data catalog needs none of that. Home to the world’s largest open data community, data.world is proof of the scale that can be achieved using a cloud-native data catalog. More than 1.5 million people use our platform to share and discover new insights daily – all from the same instance. That translates to our enterprise offering as well. We are relentless in our pursuit of customer adoption. In fact, we’re bonused on it – even the CEO.

Continuous release cycle

Another benefit of being cloud native and running on microservices architecture is having the ability to ship rapid updates and enhancements. Each component is built separately, so there’s no code sharing – all communication between autonomous components is through a lightweight API. Cloud-based data catalogs take significantly more effort to maintain because they are generally built on monolithic architectures with tightly coupled code and processes. As the complexity of the code grows, it becomes more difficult to add or improve features as the application functions as a single entity. At data.world, our product and engineering team ship more than one thousand product updates annually. You don’t have to wait months for an enhancement. It all happens automatically behind the scenes, like magic. Stay up to date with our latest product enhancement by visiting whatsnew.data.world.

Fully transparent pricing

The third benefit of being cloud native may be a bit surprising: pricing transparency. Simplicity is a hallmark of SaaS – products should be easy to try, buy, and scale. But that’s not the case for many cloud-based data catalogs. If you want to know how much something costs, you have to pick up the phone or email their sales team. While some of this is a demand capture strategy – the most qualified prospect is the one who reaches out to you, afterall – it can also be attributed to a catalog’s inflexible deployment and adoption model which make it more expensive to maintain and thus a greater cost to the end user. When it comes to pricing, data.world has nothing to hide. All of our pricing is listed upfront on our website, so you know exactly what to expect. Just choose the package that works best for your business and reach out when you’re ready.

Tour data.world

Now that you know the advantages of cloud-native versus cloud-based data catalogs, are you ready to see data.world in action? Take a tour of our cloud-native enterprise data catalog today.