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February 14, 2013

EMC Greenplum DCA Unified Analytics Platform Offers SQL, Hadoop Big Data Analytics in One Device

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

EMC (News - Alert), a provider of IT storage hardware solutions, recently released its Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) Unified Analytics Platform Edition for big data analytics, offering greater flexibility in Greenplum's MPP database and Hadoop distribution. Specifically, the Greenplum DCA allows for analysis of both structured and unstructured data with Greenplum Databases for analytics-optimized SQL and Greenplum HD for Hadoop-based processing.

"Customers can take advantage of the new DCA to increase the performance of Greenplum Database for best-in-class SQL processing and data loading, and also leverage the innovative capabilities of Greenplum's Hadoop distribution (GPHD)," said Josh Klahr, vice president of Products at Greenplum, in a statement.

Using a massively parallel processing architecture, Greenplum DCA can grow along with processing or other analytics requirements. It also offers a 70 percent performance gain over the previous generation offering during data loading and scanning, as well as a 100 percent increase for concurrent query workloads, according to EMC.

The Greenplum DCA also increases availability with EMC Data Domain (News - Alert) deduplication systems, enabling backup and recovery for Greenplum Database modules at rates upwards of 13 TB per hour with wide-area disaster recovery replication. Meanwhile, HDFS triple-redundant storage on direct -attach devices and integration with EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS offers superior data protection by way of snapshots, mirroring, backup, recovery and replication.

In related appliance deployment news, Intel's (News - Alert) latest communications infrastructure platform enables OEMs to achieve new levels of design flexibility for deep packet inspection (DPI) and encryption processes at a lower price point than comparable NPU offerings. According to Austin Hipes, director of Field Engineering at NEI (News - Alert), Intel's platform allows DPI, as well as data compression and decompression, to occur at higher throughput rates for communications infrastructure due to a combination of its multi-core processors and Intel's QuickAssist technology hardware accelerators.

Together, these factors enhance the platform's DPI capabilities by processing over 160 million packets of data per second — while NPU's platform can process only 100 million packets per second.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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