Speed is a five-letter word that confronts the database world. Database, system and network administrators have long been trying to find the perfect balance between performance, bandwidth and uptime. While business intelligence  applications mandate a quick response time and near realtime application availability, C-level executives question total cost of ownership and the return on investment. How do you cope with the ever-increasing demand for faster performance without spending many thousands of dollars every time?

Technology strides in data warehouse architecture and hardware have added the data warehouse appliance, a nice architecture component that can be implemented within the existing infrastructure to complement the performance and availability needs for BI solutions. During the past three years, there has been a move to embrace the appliance even more within the IT organization. This article shares a case study demonstrating how the appliance can be integrated into the existing architecture to achieve optimal performance and scalability while keeping costs minimal.

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