Report: Cost/Benefit of Enterprise Warehouse Solutions

In-depth Comparison of IBM Smart Analytics System 7700,
Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse and
Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Data warehousing has emerged as one of the IT world’s fastest growth areas. New deployments continue to accelerate, and numbers of applications and users within organizations continue to expand. Demand for high-quality, current information and for tools to interpret and exploit it shows no signs of abating. High
double-digit growth in data volumes has become the norm.

The business benefits of data warehouse applications are clearly recognized. But, increasingly, users are faced with escalating expenditure not only on data warehouse solutions, but also on underlying platforms. At a time of budgetary pressures, questions are raised about the most cost-effective means of realizing
information value.

This is particularly the case for special-purpose platforms offered by IBM (Smart Analytics System, Netezza TwinFin), Oracle (Exadata Database Machine), Teradata (Active Enterprise Data Warehouse) and smaller players. Architectures and technologies of these systems are often unfamiliar to organizations that deploy them. Techniques for measuring comparative performance and cost are rudimentary.

Challenges are compounded by several factors. One is that the performance of different architectures depends on the workloads they execute. Another is that data warehouse usage tends to evolve rapidly – organizations that deploy platforms for specific applications may soon find that they must deal with significantly different environments. A third is that vendor pricing may vary widely between customers.

This report sets some parameters for comparisons. To do this, it takes into account types of workload – in particular, a key distinction is drawn between complex mixed workloads and queries involving large sequential table scans – compares overall three-year as well as acquisition costs, and bases platform calculation on “street” pricing (i.e., discounted prices paid by users).

The report focuses on three platforms: IBM Smart Analytics System 7700, Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Teradata’s flagship Active Enterprise Data Warehouse (Active EDW) 6650. Results are based on input from 46 users of these systems and their recent predecessors, on other industry sources, as well as on research and analysis conducted by the International Technology Group (ITG).

Two sets of cost comparisons, based on performance and user data, are presented.

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Oracle Big Data Appliance

The creation of data has always been part of the impact of information and communications technology. As the amount of data available for analysis continues to grow, the challenge is for organizations to find the technology that would give them the ability to disseminate, understand and ultimately benefit from the increasing volumes of data. Oracle has recently announced the release of what they consider a viable solution to handle the challenge of Big data. The Oracle Big Data Appliance consists of optimized hardware and several software products from Oracle Corporation .The Oracle Big Data Appliance in union with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine (Oracle Exalogic) is used for obtaining, consolidating and loading unstructured data into the Oracle Database 11g. The solution consists of an open source distribution of Apache Hadoop, Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Data Integrator with Application Adapter for Hadoop, Oracle Loader for Hadoop, an open source distribution of R, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Java Hotspot Virtual Machine.

Oracle announced the Oracle Big Data Appliance Mon, October 3 at Oracle OpenWorld 2011.

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Storage and Data Costs Calculator

The average cost per gigabyte for flash, disk or tape storage can vary widely. By aligning the right type of storage media with your data tiers need, you can be much more cost effective when acquiring your storage.

Business managers must understand important cost distinctions when making decisions and exercising control based on different types of cost data. These cost distinctions help managers better appreciate the cost figures that accountants attach to products that are manufactured or purchased by the business.

Calculate your potential savings with Oracle’s flash, disk and tape approach.

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14 Best Enterprise Data Storage Webcasts

Here you go, this is the list of all webcasts Oracle is presenting about cost of data storage, enterprise data storage and Oracle’s private cloud appliance:

  • Improve Database Capacity Management with Oracle Storage and Hybrid Columnar Compression 
    Dave Krenik, Storage Solution Specialist and Mark Mulligan, Exadata Pillar Specialist discuss how Oracle’s hybrid columnar compression (HCC) feature – which is now supported on Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Pillar Axiom 600 – can help customers better manage the lifecycle of data using in-database archiving for OLTP databases and data warehouses. Using Hybrid Columnar Compression in these environments, customers can achieve 3x to 5x reductions in their storage footprints, energy usage and cost by replacing existing EMC and NetApp SAN and NAS storage with Oracle storage solutions. Continue reading 14 Best Enterprise Data Storage Webcasts
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