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William McKnight

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

About the author >

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 wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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Recently in Appliances Category

ParAccel is a columnar, MPP, TPC-H-submitted data warehouse appliance.  I received an update from ParAccel yesterday and in the wake of the public challenges at some other small firms filling some similar market needs, I was curious about their customer wins and continued development.  I'm happy to report there has been some of both.  Some of the information is embargoed, but keep an eye on them for announcements soon.


What I can say is I received a sneak peak at PADB (ParAccel Analytic database) V2.0 as well as a customer review.  Their new deal was sold by EMC, and this is, in my opinion, perhaps a forbearer of a new outlet for ParAccel as well as where EMC might participate in the large data appliance market.  EMC is a technology partner to ParAccel.


I have otherwise talked about these columnar appliances and when to use them.


PADB Version 2 innovations include SAN-Based optimizations which will find ParAccel claiming to be the fastest data processing machine in the world.


ParAccel uses a leader node, similar to Netezza, but different from Veritca and others, which initiates, coordinates, and collects results for the distributed queries and parallel load operations supported by the system.   The SAN utilization in Version 2 may further differentiate ParAccel and Vertica.  ParAccel is a one of the recent market entrants with the potential to offer "game changing".  



Posted June 18, 2009 11:33 AM
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The folks at ParAccel have been busy. After smashing some TPC-H numbers to prove they have a viable solution, they have forged an interesting framework of partnerships that include JasperSoft and Talend - open source business intelligence and ETL solutions. These 2 partner otherwise as well so many integration issues have been worked out -JasperSoft OEMs Talend's open source ETL software. Another interesting partnership is an OEM partnership with IBM. ParAccel is embedding IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture within the ParAccel Analytic Database. This signals ParAccel's interest in real-time data capture right off the bat. Real-time data loading will be an important part of information architectures to come so this early partnership is quite interesting. And there are more partnerships to come.

Finally, just today ParAccel announced their product's availability in a pre-packaged traditional appliance model. Perhaps truly the marketplace is countering the information management consolidation revolution with viable alternatives. This Red Herring 100 finalist is making good strides to be one of them.

Posted May 19, 2008 9:17 AM
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By now, I'm sure you've heard about so-called Data Warehouse Appliances, or the vendors Netezza or Datallegro. We are at a point where there are many new and revamping DW/BI projects and I believe every DW/BI professional should understand these emerging technologies to determine if or when they may have a fit with requirements.

I just wanted to let you know that I'll be giving a webinar with B-EYE on the topic "Data Warehouse Appliances: Will they boost your BI capabilities and lower TCO?" on September 13 at 2:00 ET. You can sign up for it here.

I also have a recent white paper on the topic of data warehouse applicances available here.

If you find data warehouse appliances interesting and want to discuss further, give me a call. My company has a couple of offerings whereby we evaluate the appropriateness of data warehouse appliances to a given situation and we can run an appliance proof-of-concept.

Posted September 2, 2005 9:49 AM
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