SAND Technology Inc. announced the general availability of release 3.1 of its high-performance SAND Analytic Server. The SAND Analytic Server is an optimized platform for business intelligence (BI) systems integration and for building and deploying large-scale analytic applications. Release 3.1 augments the proven scalability and query speed of previous versions of the Nucleus data management technology on which it is based, by significantly enhancing the speed of loading and updating data for analysis as well as adding further support for open industry-standard BI tools through more flexible ODBC connectivity. OLE DB and JDBC connectivity are also available.

"Our research suggests that enterprises tend to polarize around the issue of how to improve or maintain the performance of analytic applications as user and data volumes increase," said Doug Laney, Vice President with META Group. "That is, they either forego analytic capabilities or they layer additional standard hardware. An alternate to addressing the problem with the brute-force hardware approach, is to consider alternate data management approaches such as specialized DBMSs designed specifically for analytics."

At the core of the SAND Analytic Server is a column-based, bitmap-indexed, tokenized data structure that efficiently stores granular-level data and makes it available for rapid analysis by business users, without requiring the complex indexes and schemas needed to get analytic performance from traditional relational database management systems. This optimized design also eliminates the traditional dependence on costly hardware upgrades in order to gain improvements in query and reporting performance.

The SAND Analytic Server allows integration of virtually unlimited volumes of data from a variety of sources – data warehouses, operational systems and legacy or third-party databases – into a compact, fully indexed analytical repository that can be rapidly deployed and quickly and easily accessed by business users via SQL92-compliant business intelligence tools or methods. Version 3.1 is initially available for servers running Windows NT 4, Windows 2000/2003/XP, Sun Solaris 8, IBM AIX 5 and HP AlphaServer Tru64 5.01 and HP-UX operating systems, with a Linux version available subject to customer demand.

The SAND Analytic Server is highly scalable to accommodate growth, and fast and simple to update to accommodate business change. It boosts the performance of existing Business Intelligence architectures while reducing the need for involvement of specialist data management staff and fully supports 24x365 operations, making it ideal for business-critical applications.

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