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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at

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I spoke with Chuck Berger, CEO of ParAccel, today about the Teradata acquisition of Aster Data.  "ParAccel is the lone remaining stand-alone analytic appliance" said Chuck.

Chuck sees this as validation that companies have more data than they can process and that traditional architectures are not optimized for processing huge data in short amounts of time.  "Companies are feeling the frustration about the value they are unable to realize from their data."

"HP, IBM, EMC and Teradata wouldn't be making high value acquisitions if they weren't seeing demand" said Chuck.  He also talked about the "natural enemies" that these acquisions were making and how ParAccel was staying away from making natural enemies.  As an example, Chuck said "All the BI guys are leary of IBM because of Cognos."  Sales teams will bring in their overlay representatives to deals and this will keep doors open to ParAccel.

ParAccel's strategy is not changing.  It is to "excel with the best product and maintain independence.  Create no natural enemies.  Many still need partners in the analytic space."

Finally, ParAccel will be free to continue to pursue "innovation and not integration" as a result of the merger activity, according to Chuck.

Posted March 3, 2011 3:36 PM
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Paraccel isn't the last analytic database out there. It's one of the more solid options, but there's still Kognitio, 1010, Dataupia, Vectorwise, Exasol, Xtreme Data, and if you include the architecturally unusual, SAND and Endeca, plus several other much smaller companies.

Yes. Calpont too. I think some of your qualifiers (more solid, not architecturally unusual, etc.) were implied in the comment.

Dataupia,Exasol,Xtreme data are all somewhere dependent on HW. ParAccel is the ONLY SW vendor in this space with a MPP columnar solution which is built for high performance for large data sets and complex analytics. Lot of the other players mentioned above by Mark are either SMP or custom HW/custom OS dependent or give performance only when they are implemented as in-memory. Endeca doesnot even qualify for a DBMS. 1010 is a hosted solution and not a general purpose solution.

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