Business Intelligence Using Open Storage
By Aaron Newcomb on Jul 10, 2009
Sun recently rolled out a new Business Intelligence (BI) solution that uses Open Storage at its core. There are several things that are different about this solution that make it stand out from the crowd.
1) It is based on Open Source software.
This solution uses the commercial versions of open source software from Pentaho and Infobright to provide the BI and Datawarehouse (DW) functions respectively and both use the MySQL database. Also, this solution uses Sun's Open Storage products as the core storage component which are built using Open Source software and industry standard components. Combine those with an Open Source operating system like Solaris or Linux and you have a complete BI solution built on an Open Source software stack.
2) The price is right.
By taking advantage of an Open Source development model and by using industry standard components this solution offers a very attractive price point for customers. Companies comparing this approach with other products and solutions can see up to 90% better TCO on software and up to 75% savings on storage hardware costs. This means that companies that didn't have the budget for a new BI/DW project can now afford it with this solution.
3) The features and support are top notch.
By using Pentaho software for the BI component this solution can provide most of the same features you usually see from proprietary BI software vendors. Infobright allows the solution to compress data up to 40:1 which provides a huge benefit when determining storage capacity requirements. Also, Infobright's Knowledge Grid architecture means that data that is commonly referenced is available more quickly to speed up queries. With this solution you aren't bound to a set of canned queries either. You can also define ad-hoc queries to get to the data you need which helps in e-Discovery situations. And, of course, using Open Storage means that all the latest storage features are available for you to use like snapshots and Hybrid Storage Pools when you run a system based on the Solaris operating system.
All three vendors offer first class service so you never have to worry if something goes wrong or if you need a helping hand to get up and running.
Solutions like this one that take advantage of Open Storage are able to pass on the benefits of lower cost and high performance systems to users. As more solutions like this one are built using Open Storage the IT storage industry is bound to sit up and take notice.