Orlando - SAP this week announced general availability of the business intelligence (BI) accelerator, a rack-type appliance aimed at improving the speed of analyzing business information. The unit is said to process up to 200 times faster than other tools built for SAP and "crunches through terabytes of data in seconds," according to the company. The announcement came at SAP's combined user group and Sapphire annual conference in Orlando.

BI accelerator comes pre-installed on 64-bit Xeon processor-based blade servers from IBM and HP. Intel and SAP worked together to develop the engine, which they call a new breed of process-embedded analytical application that combines transactional and analytical capabilities into a single process.

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