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Volkswagen to Implement Sand/DNA Storage for SAP
[January 30, 2007]

Volkswagen to Implement Sand/DNA Storage for SAP

TMCnet Contributing Editor

Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and the largest provider of automotive financial services in Europe, has chosen to implement the Sand/DNA nearline storage product for SAP (News - Alert) NetWeaver Business Intelligence Release 2004s.

Sand Technology is an international provider of intelligent information management products.

The first customer worldwide to use the newest version of the SAP NetWeaver product, Volkswagen Financial Services, chose Sand/DNA for what Sand officials describe as "maximum nearline functionality enabling the company to store and effectively manage its rapidly growing volumes of data."

Certified for integration by SAP, the Sand software was developed to handle the increasing demands of data management that companies are experiencing as a result of their fast-growing SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s data warehouse products.

Volkswagen Financial Services made the decision to invest in a nearline storage product in January of 2005, when it determined that the approximately 2 terabytes of data it was currently warehousing would increase to roughly 10 terabytes by May of 2007.

About a week ago Sand joined the Business Objects Technology Partner Program.

As part of the agreement, Sand and Business Objects will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives. The two firms have already worked together on projects for more than a half dozen customers in multiple industries.

The combination of Sand/DNA products with the business intelligence and enterprise information management software in BusinessObjects XI Release 2, results in products marketed as enabling organizations to "meet all their data management needs and service level objectives," according to Sand officials.

"We have worked together on a worldwide basis for some time, and we are now making it official," said Linda Arens, Vice President of Global Alliances and Marketing at Sand. "We see many synergies between our companies, as we work with many of the same partners."

Earlier this month Sand announced that "a large financial services advertiser" has selected Sand/DNA Access software to more efficiently manage its 5 terabyte data warehouse system and facilitate the delivery of user-requested information online, according to Sand officials.

The unnamed firm, Sand officials say, "cited excellent data load and query performance, in addition to its high rate of data compression, as the reasons for its decision."

The firm is using Sand to store information in a large data warehouse, while allowing queried information to be returned on an ad hoc basis.

Sand/DNA Access is engineered to allow organizations to balance storage economy with data availability. Its compressed storage format typically occupies 5-10 percent of the space required by a traditional indexed data warehouse, company officials claim, while allowing users to access the data directly using standard SQL-based tools and methods.

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