Editor's Note: This article provides an overview regarding the use of an appliance approach for data warehousing infrastructure. Although it does not compare and contrast the appliance approach with the more traditional approaches, it does provide an explanation of this emerging technology.

Fully leveraging business intelligence (BI) can make or break a company. The timely processing and retrieval of vast amounts of data is vital to the decision-making process. Equally as important as timeliness is the depth and breadth of data analysis. With the growing size of the average data warehouse, achieving these goals has become increasingly difficult; terabyte-sized data warehouses are already fairly common.

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