Recent research from The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) indicates an increasing adoption of columnar databases as the platform of choice for data warehousing and analytic applications due to their ability to deliver fast query response and efficiently compress and provide access to large amounts of detail data.

According to Philip Russom, senior manager, TDWI Research, a common complaint from BI professionals is that their data warehouse platform consists of a traditional DBMS and SMP hardware, both designed for transaction processing, not data warehousing. “Users are spending a significant amount of time and energy tweaking transactional platforms to get adequate performance for the type of queries and data volumes common in today’s data warehousing environments,” he said.

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