ParAccel and NetApp Extend Benefits Analytic Database to Storage Area Network Customers

ParAccel, Inc. announced at Oracle OpenWorld the integration of its Analytic Database (PADB), a columnar-based, massively parallel processing (MPP) software-only analytic database, with NetApp Unified Storage Architecture.

ParAccel's technology dynamically balances I/O across direct-attached storage (disk or solid-state), which enables NetApp SAN or NAS to boost analytic performance, making it possible for customers to perform nimble analytics on their data warehouse, while also helping to ensure that their data is affordably, easily managed and protected. NetApp storage solutions provide customers with data management through advanced backup, recovery, restore, management and utilization capabilities.

The companies have been quietly working together in development for over a year now and believe the time is right to publicly announce it, Barry Zane, co-founder and CTO of ParAccel, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The key benefit of the combined technology, he notes, is a straight-forward one. "You are able to combine the scalability of a shared-nothing massively parallel database with the data management that NetApp provides." By connecting the shared-nothing database to the SAN the companies are able to leverage the SAN's data management capabilities around snaps, clones, disaster recovery, but still have the full scalable price-performance of shared nothing, he explains.

In larger enterprises, where the data is critical, that is where the data management of the NetApp SAN is so important, notes Zane. In the past, he states, there was a trade-off that had to be made between having high performance scalability with a parallel system, versus data management. "The purpose here is simply to give you both."

For more information about NetApp data warehouse solutions, go here.

For more about the ParAccel Analytic Database, go here.