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William McKnight

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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.

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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 wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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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".  

 

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Posted June 18, 2009 11:33 AM
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I first heard of ParAccel from my relationships with members of the executive team. I was intrigued, but dismissive due to its enterprise ambitions with a column oriented data organization approach. When I heard of the TPC-H results, I immediately checked to see if the test had been revised recently. It hadn’t. While I remain skeptical of the column-oriented approach, the in-memory nature of the calculations and other performance enhancements may be mitigating the challenges that the model has with enterprise workloads. ParAccel could be that breakthrough performance DBMS that will not be toppled easily.


Posted October 30, 2007 2:26 PM
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