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Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Sybase Inc. today introduced a jointly designed, integrated, tested and tuned, 25-plus terabyte raw data input iForce(SM) Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture.
The companies said the offering provides a blueprint for deploying next-generation, high- performance data warehousing. Key hardware elements of the architecture include Sun(TM) Fire 6800 Midframe servers and Sun StorEdge(TM) 9900 storage systems. Software for the Reference Architecture combines SybaseR Adaptive ServerR IQ Multiplex(TM) software running on the Sun Solaris(TM) Operating Environment.
Nielsen Media Research is the lead customer for this architecture, which was designed, tuned and validated in Sun's iForce Ready Center. According to the companies, the Reference Architecture substantially reduces data warehousing total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing storage requirements by as much as 75 percent, delivering query speeds 10 to 1,000 times faster, and reducing installation and set-up time by as much as 80 percent compared to conventional data warehouse implementations.
"The big advantage of the Reference Architecture work, done by Sun and Sybase, is that it provides the advance knowledge that this solution will work. It also demonstrates the critical aspects of ease of deployment, performance, scalability, and storage cost economy," said Kim Ross, chief information officer for Nielsen Media Research. "The proof-of-concept demonstration put together in Sun's iForce Ready Center gave us the ability to see for ourselves how effective the Sybase-Sun solution would be for our company. Reference Architectures are a real boon to IT managers who are considering solutions for a specific business problem. For us, it has further validated our choice of Sybase IQ running on Sun servers for this project."
Reference Architectures are part of Sun's iForce Initiative, which it said brings together Sun systems, software, services and iForce partners to create and deliver solutions that help customers leverage open systems and network-based technology to improve business processes.