Wednesday, September 20, 2006

SAP's BI Accelerator - The future is in memory-based data warehouses

Well, the cat is finally out of the bag. Renee Boucher Ferguson, an excellent reporter at eWeek, broke the story last month about how SAP was moving to use in-memory technology in our BI Accelerator product. In an article in yesterday's edition of eWeek, she interviews Shai Agassi about the implications of this technology for data warehouses and even systems that need transactional storage.

The BI Accelerator is an amazing piece of technology that has become very popular very quickly among SAP's NetWeaver BI customers. Imagine a scenario where there is no query tuning or aggregate building in your data warehouse. Ever. The entire data warehouse at the most granular level is stored in addressable memory and indexed in such a way that performance is blindingly fast. We have seen unbelievable performance gains using this technology, and I'm excited by the possibilities of where we at SAP will continue to push the boundaries of what can be done with it.