ParAccel, Inc., a provider of massively parallel processing (MPP) columnar database technology, has introduced version 2.0 of the ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) for data warehousing and analytics. PADB 2.0 tackles complex business questions faster by leveraging dozens of new features and enhancements, including patent-pending innovations in query optimization and SAN integration. PADB 2.0 will be generally available in August, 2009 and can be licensed as software or as a virtual or packaged data warehouse appliance.
"Three key new features in version 2.0 are the query optimizer, SAN integration features, and scalar User Defined Functions (UDFs)," Rick Glick, vice president of technology and architecture at ParAccel, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "One unique characteristic of the optimizer is that it does not have a known upper limit in the number of joins within a query it is capable of planning. This helps the optimizer to deliver consistent, well-behaved and fast query response times to challenging analytic workloads. The SAN integration features enable data on direct attached storage devices to be mirrored to a SAN for resiliency. This mirroring means that all of the data is available on the SAN and allows SAN management software to be employed. And lastly, scalar UDFs are functions that a user can add into the SQL language of the database to extend its capabilities."
PADB 2.0 also includes features and integrations that deliver performance-conscious manageability, availability and recoverability for enterprise-class implementations. Hot Standby Nodes provide automatic fail-over and mission critical availability with minimal performance disruption. And, when implemented in a SAN environment with Blended Scan such as with the Scalable Analytic Appliance and EMC, PADB 2.0 can leverage a customer's enterprise data management infrastructure for high availability, disaster recovery, backups and cloning.
PADB 2.0 has evolved to meet the increasing demands of modern analytic environments. It continues to have strong capabilities in data warehousing speed, scalability and simplicity, and has added more sophisticated query processing and overall enterprise readiness features. For more information about PADB 2.0 and ParAccel, go here.