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Richard Hackathorn

Welcome to my blog stream. I am focusing on the business value of low latency data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse (DW) appliances, use of virtual world technology, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of business intelligence. However, my blog entries may range widely depending on current industry events and personal life changes. So, readers beware!

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Dr. Richard Hackathorn is founder and president of Bolder Technology, Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience in the information technology industry as a well-known industry analyst, technology innovator and international educator. He has pioneered many innovations in database management, decision support, client-server computing, database connectivity, associative link analysis, data warehousing, and web farming. Focus areas are: business value of timely data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse appliances, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of BI.

Richard has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications, presented regularly at leading industry conferences and conducted professional seminars in eighteen countries. He writes regularly for the BeyeNETWORK.com and has a channel for his blog, articles and research studies. He is a member of the IBM Gold Consultants since its inception, the Boulder BI Brain Trust and the Independent Analyst Platform.

Dr. Hackathorn has written three professional texts, entitled Enterprise Database Connectivity, Using the Data Warehouse (with William H. Inmon), and Web Farming for the Data Warehouse.

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December 2006 Archives

Well, I have concluded that it has finally happened! One TB for under $500. We all have been watching the ads for disk storage of the past year, seeing the prices go down and capacities increase. It was just a matter of time...

Okay, this disk is not managed storage with UPS and RAID redundancy in a standard rack, but it is a whole terabyte. Do you realize how many libraries this datastore could contain?

Here are the details: LaCie Big Disk 1TB, USB 2.0 Hard Drive, Model 300966U, 5.25" 1U External Hot-swappable, 7200RPM with 8MB cache, Data Transfer Rate of 480Mbps Maximum, 34MBps Sustained. And..... it is 1.7" Height x 6.7" Length x 10.6" Depth and weights just 5 pounds.

At BUY.com the LaCie Big Disk is $458.52 with no tax and free shipping.

For BI/DW professionals, what does this mean? It certainly give a whole new meaning for independent (personal) data marts. We can have some amazingly rich stores of business information. But, for what purpose? Can we maintain data consistency across the enterprise when we have terabytes walking the hallways and out the doors? Can we maintain data security across the enterprise? This raises familiar issues that will only get more intense.

Posted December 4, 2006 9:59 AM
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