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Bring The Big Data Thunder

In this era of business intelligence application standardization and data aggregation, what could be better than one, super-huge database -- especially if it's a terabyte in size and sits on one PC?
In this era of business intelligence application standardization and data aggregation, what could be better than one, super-huge database -- especially if it's a terabyte in size and sits on one PC?It turns out that having your very own one-terabyte desktop PC isn't just a pipe-dream. On the contrary, it's entirely possible. And you can use our step-by-step instructions to build one.

Every one carrying out business intelligence for a large organization knows that data volumes are exploding. The rule of thumb, so they say, is that the amount of data stored by businesses doubles every year to 18 months. As another story we introduced this month shows, managing multiple-terabyte databases entails its own set of challenges and work-arounds.

Or if you think 100 terabytes is small change, check out what the people managing 1,000 terabytes are learning. In another article we published recently, the people running petabyte-sized databases -- yes, such things actually exist -- share what they're learning as well.