Kognitio and IBM BladeCenter provide fastest, scalable database platform for Data Analytics

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Kognitio has completed a highly successful benchmark of its WX2 analytical database software on IBM BladeCenter System X hardware. The joint solution is targeted at business users who want to gain fast access to data for reporting, data exploration and analysis. Following the benchmark, IBM and Kognitio will run targeted seminars on 12 and 13 July in London to educate end-users about the joint solution.

Kognitio, a leading provider of solutions to business problems that require acquisition, rationalisation and analysis of both large and complex data, has announced today that it has concluded a highly successful benchmark of its WX2 analytical database on IBM BladeCenter System X blade servers at its Technology and Data Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire. As a result, IBM and Kognitio will run targeted seminars about the business benefits of the solution on 12th and 13th July at IBM’s South Bank offices in London, UK.

The WX2 database, which is hardware agnostic, was installed easily and quickly onto 28 IBM BladeCenter System X blade servers running on Linux. Performance tests were carried out using various configurations of blades to confirm the flexibility and scalability of the IBM hardware and the reliability of the system. A well-known industry standard benchmark was then run on a dataset that encompassed 1.3 billion telco records using a suite of 15 queries, including onerous “count distinct” operations. Results were returned in under one minute, proving that WX2 is a true “load and go” solution. Without any specialised tuning of the database or summarisation of the data, scan speeds were in excess of 200 million rows of data per second per blade node and the overall performance was approximately two and half times better than the best test results published to date.

The solution is targeted at business users who want to gain fast access to data within the enterprise and undertake various activities such as querying and reporting, data exploration, data mining as well as adhere to risk and compliance regulations in order to facilitate company growth and performance. The solution is also geared towards DBAs and IT managers who struggle to answer business users’ queries and deliver analytical data quickly. Many companies are challenged by the confines of their database or data warehouse and face increased costs as the volume and complexity of queries from users increase.

IBM BladeCenter System X blade servers, known for their ease of deployment, functionality, low power consumption and low heat generation have proven to be the perfect platform for WX2. Both components allow organisations to base their critical business decisions on analysis of all their transactional data, not just sampled or summarised subsets.

Together Kognitio and IBM deliver a solution that can be installed fast and that allows business users to gain an unprecedented insight into their data, a solution that can be complemented with third-party BI applications for purposes such as data mining, static reporting or interactive ad-hoc analysis.

“What we have demonstrated is that Kognitio WX2, when used in parallel with IBM BladeCenter System X blade servers, can provide a best-in-class analytical platform without the need for expensive proprietary hardware or armies of DBAs to set up and maintain the database,” explains Roger Llewellyn, Kognitio’s managing director. “The power, flexibility and scalability of the combined IBM and Kognitio WX2 solution is real and available today. Previously a telco looking to re-rate all its calls against its own and its competitors’ tariffs to identify the best rate may have faced an insurmountable challenge, whilst now with IBM and Kognitio WX2 this can now be realised in a much shorter timeframe and at a significantly lower cost. In fact, what we are achieving is the ability to disconnect the analytical requirements of a business from the bottlenecks of IT and standard relational databases that require months to set up and maintain.”

IBM and Kognitio seminars – Extract Value from your Data Fast

As a result of this successful benchmark, IBM and Kognitio are running a series of seminars to educate enterprise users and database managers about the benefits of IBM and Kognitio WX2 to their business and how they can reduce their operating costs by quickly getting the answers from their data. The seminars will be held on 12th and 13th July at IBM on London’s South Bank. For more information please visit http://www.ibm.com/systems/uk/events/kognitio

About Kognitio

Kognitio is an innovative, technology-rich company, providing leading-edge solutions to business problems that require the acquisition, rationalisation and analysis of large or complex data.

Kognitio’s offering is centred around three areas: WX2, the fastest and most scalable analytical database on the market, managed services and data migration expertise. All three areas are complemented by an extensive professional services team helping to ensure businesses gain competitive advantage from their data.

With its industry-leading analytical database offering, WX2, Kognitio is able to turn a company's raw data into valuable business insight fast, empowering its customers to realise comprehensive answers to critical business questions.

Kognitio’s managed services model allows its customers to focus on running their businesses and increasing the bottom line. By also adopting Kognitio’s outsourced approach, customers are able to reduce start-up time and costs, as well as avoid expensive product acquisition costs.

With a strong specialisation in the insurance (life and pensions) as well as financial services, Kognitio’s data migration services help companies to provide lower risk and lower cost solutions to companies that are rationalising and consolidating operational platforms. Kognitio has the largest independent migration services team in the UK.

Headquartered in Marlow, UK, Kognitio delivers competitive advantage to its clients in various industries, including telecommunications (BT, ntl:), the financial sector (Marks and Spencer Money, Norwich Union, Prudential) and utilities (Scottish Power). For more information, visit the Kognitio website at http://www.kognitio.com, call +44 (0)1628 400 000 or email.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com


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