Auto intelligence company rolls out grid computing

News

Auto intelligence company rolls out grid computing

Lindsay Clark

RL Polk, an automotive industry market research and intelligence firm, has rolled out grid computing based on Oracle 10g software to power its data warehouse and provide real-time information.

The 500 million vehicle database runs on a Linux grid using four dual-processor Xeon servers.
The company has been able to transform its data processing from a batch to real-time environment since deploying the new system in May. As a result, it has improved certain data processing tasks from hours to minutes while increasing the amount of transactions processed per second.  RL Polk also hopes to reduce its technology acquisition and maintenance costs.

Containing about three billion transactions, 500 million unique vehicles, and 250 million unique households, the data warehouse uses Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Clusterware, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g on four Dell PowerEdge 6850 servers with Intel Xeon dual-core processors running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The grid automates previously manual processes, enhances system availability and reduces their overall IT costs, the company said.

“We’re in the information business and we’re forecasting an exponential growth in the creation of vehicle data,” said Kevin Vasconi, the company's CIO.

 “To be truly competitive, to provide the kind of value our customers want, and to drive the economic engine of our company, we needed to move to a real-time paradigm.  A lot of our information’s value is in its currency – its timeliness. We rebuilt our company’s core data engine on an Oracle 10g grid to better capture and then deliver mission-critical knowledge to our customers as fast as possible.”

Vote for your IT greats

Who have been the most influential people in IT in the past 40 years? The greatest organisations? The best hardware and software technologies? As part of Computer Weekly’s 40th anniversary celebrations, we are asking our readers who and what has really made a difference?

Vote now at: www.computerweekly.com/ITgreats


Email Alerts

Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
 

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy