On Tuesday, EMC introduced three additions to its Greenplum database appliance line that are paired with SAS High-Performance Analytics software. The appliances leverage massively parallel processing architecture to quickly process and analyze the growing volume of data that businesses are accumulating.
EMC introduced the High Capacity DCA (or, Data Computing Appliance), the High Performance DCA and the Data Integration Accelerator, as well as version 4.1 of Greenplum Database software. EMC acquired Greenplum in July 2010.
The High Capacity EMC DCA is designed to host petabyte levels of data and claims to offer the lowest cost-per-unit of data warehousing appliances. High Performance EMC DCA offers data loading and data scanning performance, and features solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage.
The Data Integration Accelerator is an add-on module that handles data loading in a parallel and scalable model. Pricing information was not available. The core base-model EMC DCA, introduced by EMC in October 2010, features the ability to scale up to 864TBytes of uncompressed data.
The appliances, coupled with SAS business analytics software, address two major trends in IT: the massive amount of data businesses have to deal with and the need for businesses to study that data to derive business value, says Steve Hillion, VP of analytics at EMC.