Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Greenplum unveiled a data warehouse appliance built from open source software and general purpose systems. Powered by the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and PostgreSQL, both the mature product of open source development, this breakthrough solution aims to deliver two orders of magnitude better price-performance over the competition. As one of the first data warehouse appliances from a major systems vendor, the solution combines Sun's new "Thumper" Sun Fire X4500 data server powered by Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors with Greenplum's massively parallel distribution of PostgreSQL, Bizgres MPP, in a single turnkey appliance capable of analyzing hundreds of terabytes of business data at a better price-performance than virtually any product on the market.
The data warehouse appliance capitalizes on the incredibly high data throughput and storage density of the Sun Fire X4500 x64 server with AMD Opteron processors and Greenplum's Scale-Everything parallel database architecture to move processing near the storage, dramatically boosting performance 10 to 50 times over existing systems. With its unique Query-In-Storage design, the solution is capable of scanning 1 terabyte of data in 60 seconds and can easily scale to hundreds of terabytes of usable database capacity. The data warehouse system is also one of the most energy efficient solutions in the industry, at only 90W per terabyte.
"MLB.com has consistently pushed the limits of technology, in order to support our diverse fan base worldwide. As we collect data about every single pitch, over the course of 2430 games each year, the power necessary to analyze and make available that data has become incredibly important," said Justin Shaffer, SVP of New Media, MLB Advanced Media. "The new data warehouse appliance from Sun and Greenplum is incredibly exciting and has the potential to open up new ways in which MLB.com can share information with our customers and partners."
The system is powered by Solaris 10, the most advanced operating system on the planet, taking full advantage of Solaris ZFS 1.0, the world's most advanced file system. Solaris ZFS is based on a transactional object model that removes most of the traditional constraints associated to I/O operations, resulting in huge performance gains.
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