One of the World's Leading Chemical Companies Uses SAND/DNA Nearline for SAP NetWeaver BW to Optimize Storage Efficiency, Improve Operational Performance and Reduce Costs
Montreal, Canada — September 29, 2009 — SAND Technology Inc. (OTCBB: SNDTF.OB), an international provider of data management software and best practices, announced today that a leading global chemical company has adopted the SAND/DNA Nearline solution for SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) as part of a project to maintain the efficiency, performance and cost-effectiveness of the company’s SAP NetWeaver BW data warehouse in the face of rapid data growth. Implemented as an extension to the existing system, SAND/DNA will substantially reduce the storage requirements for steadily growing volumes of SAP NetWeaver BW data, enabling more efficient performance of standard data management operations while helping to keep operational and maintenance costs at a manageable level.
An important SAP NetWeaver BW warehouse at the chemical company was growing at a rate of a terabyte every quarter due to the addition of new applications, integration of data from new sources and new requirements for data to be available for longer periods. To manage this growth, the company decided to adopt an Information Lifecycle Management strategy as recommended by SAP, using a Nearline Storage (NLS) solution that would allow older, less frequently used data to be moved out of the main database while still keeping it accessible for reporting purposes when required. They chose the software-based SAND/DNA Nearline solution on the basis of its high rates of data compression and anticipated storage cost savings, as well as the performance benefits that would result from substantially reduced database size. Since its implementation in their production environment, the SAND/DNA solution has brought improved data loading and reporting performance, heightened system availability due to reduced downtime for backup and restore operations, better data availability, and reduced storage costs.
“We are extremely pleased to have this chemical company as a customer”, said Linda Arens, Vice President, Marketing for SAND Technology. “Like most large organizations in all industries, they are experiencing an explosion in the amounts of data they need to manage in their data warehouses. The SAND/DNA Nearline solution allows them to cope with this very rapid data growth while preserving operational performance and keeping costs down – and without disturbing their existing SAP NetWeaver BW environment.”
As data volumes grow and user demands intensify, SAP NetWeaver BW users are facing significant data management challenges and increased costs. In accordance with SAP’s recommended Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy, SAND Technology has teamed with SAP to integrate SAND/DNA software as a nearline solution for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0. Designed to relieve SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 from the need to keep large amounts of infrequently used data in the online repository, the SAND/DNA Nearline solution stores this data in a tiny footprint while maintaining easy data accessibility. The data is stored in an easily searchable but highly compressed format which significantly reduces overheads and costs typically associated with retaining considerable amounts of historical data.
SAND/DNA enables enterprise customers in all industries to cost-effectively retain massive amounts of compressed data in a nearline repository for extended periods, in accordance with any applicable business rules and regulatory requirements, and to rapidly retrieve information when needed. A centralized data management solution with unparalleled performance and storage efficiency, the SAND/DNA suite dramatically reduces costs and management complexity while ensuring continuous data availability. Organizations can create data marts on demand to respond to any analytic requirement with all enterprise data — current or historical, detailed or summarized. SAND/DNA’s advanced information management technology compresses data to typically 10 percent of its original size, while giving users the ability to query any attributes of the data without decompressing it first. This next-generation capability is ideal for satisfying enterprise compliance requirements as well as for leveraging valuable information in data warehouses.