December 8, 2009 – ParAccel’s new ParAccel Scalable Analytic Appliance II (SAA II) incorporates flash-based server arrays to provide an additional performance boost and energy/space savings.

The company’s new release includes patent-pending technologies that optimize the performance in SAN-attached data warehouses, leveraging the data management capabilities in Tier SANs and executing more complex queries, said Barry Zane, CTO at ParAccel.

The new ParAccel Database (PADB) 2.0 enhances SAA II’s performance optimization and enterprise manageability, introducing the patent-pending Omne query optimizer, designed to efficiently process ad hoc and highly complex queries.

“This is a level of query that’s able to do predictive analytics,” said Zane. “It includes advanced disk-based algorithms set up for what we call load-and-go – load the data in its natural form and you are able to query against it rather than answering a specific set of questions.”

SAA II is set apart from other offerings, however, by the fact that it leverages the data management capabilities of Tier 1 fans, specifically EMC, according to Zane.

With enterprises focusing on cost containment and improving efficiencies in a down economy, market research firm Gartner Inc. evaluated 29 emerging storage and hardware technologies this year, highlighting enterprise-grade solid state drives. “The total cost of ownership potentials of enterprise-grade SSDs — revolving around performance efficiencies, energy savings and space conservation — are indeed compelling if not transformational,” said Gartner analysts in a company statement.  

SAA II uses flash-based SSDs. Because flash is not mechanical and has no moving parts, it’s far more reliable than mechanical storage, according to Zane. “You’re dealing with near memory speed; it uses dramatically less power and decreases your data center footprint,” he said.

Flash memory is a semiconductor memory device, substantially faster than rotating disk, and was recognized as one of Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2010.

“Flash memory is not new, but it is moving up to a new tier in the storage echelon,” said Gartner analysts in the October statement. “At the rate of price declines, the technology will enjoy more than a 100 percent compound annual growth rate during the next few years and become strategic in many IT areas including consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems. In addition, it offers a new layer of the storage hierarchy in servers and client computers that has key advantages including space, heat, performance and ruggedness.”

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