Kognitio Offers Three Appliance Speeds And Virtual Cubes
Kognitio is a database vendor that doesn't have its own hardware, but bowing to customer interest in rapid deployment, it offers Lakes, Rivers, and Rapids appliances with its WX2 database preinstalled on HP or IBM hardware. The Lakes configuration delivers high-capacity storage at low cost, with 10 terabytes of storage and 48 compute cores per module. Telcos or financial services might use this configuration to scan vast stores of records retained for compliance reasons. The Rivers configuration balances speed and capacity, with 2.5 terabytes of storage and 48 cores per module. For the ultimate in query performance, the Rapids configuration offers 96 cores of processing power against just 1.5 terabytes per module. This appliance is aimed at financial firms doing algorithmic trading or other high-performance demands.
This year Kognitio added a virtual-OLAP-style "Pablo" analysis engine that offers flexible, what-if analysis by business users. This optional extension to WX2 builds virtualized cubes on the fly. Thus, any dimension of data in a WX2 database can be used for rapid-fire analysis from a cube held entirely in memory. The front-end interface for this analysis is Microsoft Excel by way of A La Carte, a Pablo feature that lets users of this familiar spreadsheet interfaces tap into the data in WX2.