Auto intelligence company rolls out grid computing

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.

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.”

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