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Data Mesh Architecture Benefits and Challenges

January 26, 2023

ThoughtWorks consultant Zhamak Dehghani created the concept of data mesh as a self-serve, domain-oriented design that later evolved into a data-as-a-product design. By integrating and analyzing data from disconnected systems all at once, the data mesh architecture benefits the organization by eliminating the need to pull data from multiple systems and preprocess it.

In a traditional data architecture, such as a data warehouse or a data lake, the data is collected, stored, cleaned, and processed in a single location for further analysis. In a data mesh, however, the data remains in their respective domains, and domain teams use their domain data to develop data products for their own needs, as well as to sell those products to other consumers.