Saturday Feb 16, 2008

MySQL For Business Intelligence

MySQL for Business Intelligence MySQL, Yes for Business Intelligence

I think that MySQL can be a good compromise compared to the great databases of the Business Intelligence market having advanced functionalities in this field like Oracle or Sybase. Today we surely can propose MySQL as an alternative to Oracle or Sybase. MySQL evolves and is improved with various functionalities related to Business Intelligence.
Today, if you want increase Business Intelligence funtionalities with MySQL, you should add a software Infobright BrightHouse (it's a Data Warehouse engine for very large database)

It's a solution for Analytic Data Warehousing that delivers high performance for complex analytic queries across vast amounts of data. BrightHouse delivers the following key features:

  • high query performance for analysis across terabytes of data.
  • average data compression of 10:1 (10TB of raw data can be stored at 1TB).
  • low administration requirements.
  • runs on low cost, commodity hardware.
  • compatible with all major BI tools including Cognos, Business Objects, etc.

BrightHouse at its core is a highly compressed column-oriented datastore that incorporates MySQL technology. BrightHouse leverages MySQL’s pluggable storage engine architecture and bundles MySQL Version 5.1.
The MySQL connectors (C, JDBC, ODBC, .NET, Perl, etc.) are used in BrightHouse. The MySQL management services and utilities are used as the technology around connection pooling. As with other MySQL storage engines, MyISAM is used to store catalogue information such as table definitions, views, users, permissions, etc.

For the reporting functionalities, we work with the partners like JasperSoft and Actuate. For the ETL functionality, we work with Talend (Open Source ETL).

Our stack Business Intelligence is thus: MySQL + Talend + JasperSoft.

For IT governance, I see real interest to position MySQL as a reference database to implement CMDB according to ITIL best practices. At first, to control IT performance infrastructure by deploying IT model in MySQL and then to have this model deployed in the field by professional services ( standardization phase ).

           
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