Dell Launched Quickstart 1000 as Data Warehouse Appliance

Moving close as being one of the astute vendors, combining the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with their own integrated software on the appliance is the first step of Dell to establish as an intelligent vendor. The Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance 1000 is available from 11 July 2012. Aiming for the medium enterprises, the data warehouse appliance provides 5 terabytes of user data. Dell claims that by bundling and preconfiguring the software with the Dell PowerEdge servers, the data warehousing would now be easy.

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Dell’s Executive Director, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, Ben Linder said that the limited IT budgets and resources has prevented medium sized enterprises to build data warehouses and use the Data Warehousing Concept for insight. The new data warehouse model on offer from Dell, will provide these organizations a robust, scalable, profitable and comprehensive data warehouse model.

Oracle and IBM have Data Warehouse appliances. Microsoft, collaborating with HP, Dell, and other suppliers is providing a preconfigured solution for Microsoft SQL Server based on the disposal of data warehouse.

The Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance 1000: A Step Beyond

Dell has described the Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance as a step beyond in capabilities. The model uses data integration capabilities acquired from Dell Boomi, the Software-as-a-Service, which was procured in 2010. The model comes with their start-up services and training. Dell also assures of annual health checks, to ascertain seamless functioning.

The base price has been established as $69,990. The package would include Microsoft Windows R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition, one-year subscription to Dell Boomi and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data Warehouse Appliance Edition. It would also contain the required storage and server hardware that is needed to support 5 terabytes of user-information and to implement the services mentioned above.

A spokesperson of Dell said subscribing to the software would include visual integration tools, library of data connectors, and a run-time execution engine. For some query and analysis, Dell recommends operating the tools on a different server. The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is configured as part of the appliance but the license excludes access to SQL Server Integration Services, Reporting Services and Analysis Services. If the SQL Server License is present with the customer, the Quickstart Appliance can be used with it.

First, to be based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, the new appliance also features new SQL Server 2012 capabilities like xVelocity In-memory Columstore. This is supposed to optimize data compression and speed queries.

Dell’s push in Data Warehousing

Dell’s venturing into business intelligence and data warehousing is part of larger plan in the undertaking of the enterprise software market. Last week, Dell acquitted Quest Software at $2.4 billion. The portfolio of Quest includes Hadoop related software, database management, BI etc, which would eventually transpire into the database-warehouse appliance bundle.

HP had made a similar push into business intelligence in 2006, with the attainment of Knightsbridge BI Consultancy. The initiative was stalled when HP’s new Neoview data warehouse platform was deserted in 2010. 2011 saw the acquisition of Vertica Database by HP. This led to the subsequent introduction of Vertica Analytic System appliance, which was built on HP software.

Compared to Dell’s Quickstart Appliance 1000, the appliance of HP was more on a higher end, and on a bigger data scale. But despite the propaganda about big data, most enterprise only generates less than 10 terabytes of data. Dell would be soon announcing another member to its appliance family. Everybody is hoping for a bigger, deeper and better BI capable software.

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