Designer data warehouse

Sun Microsystems and Sybase have jointly issued an Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture (EDWRA), in a quest to lower...

Sun Microsystems and Sybase have jointly issued an Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture (EDWRA), in a quest to lower the cost and to reduce the risk associated with enterprise data warehousing.

The EDWRA guidelines, announced last week, apply to data warehouses ranging in capacity from 100GBytes to 50TBytes, according to Ravi Pendekanti, Sun's solutions marketing director.

Data warehousing gives companies the freedom to examine network scenarios and test certain queries on a set of data copied from the stored data within the network.

The EDWRA models built from Sun hardware and software and Sybase database software tools gives the reference architecture an advantage over mere cross-vendor product certifications, said Guy Creese, a research director at Aberdeen Group.

"The reference design means that Sun and Sybase have actually sat down and run this thing. In that sense, it should give customers a bigger warm and fuzzy feeling than just taking certified products off the shelf," Creese said. "Often the individual products are certified. But you never always know whether this product was tested with that product."

A blend of technology from both Sun and Sybase encompassing data compression and file indexing gives EDWRA added appeal to storage administrators, Pendekanti said. With a compression ratio of 0.46, storing 48.2TBytes of data in a EDWRA data warehouse requires only 22TBytes of disc storage, he said. Unlike other forms of compression, such as MP3, no bits of data are lost in EDWRA compression, Pendekanti said.

Keeping data warehouse projects off the shoulders of the network infrastructure is another reason for enterprises to consider EDWRA, Creese said. "If you had the money and were willing to take the risk, you could certainly do this kind of analysis with the data that's in the operational systems," he added.

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