Scalability Experts Expands BI Service Line to Include Microsoft Fast Track and Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance Solutions

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Scalability Experts Introduces new Architectural Design Review (ADR) service and End-to End ScaleFast Data Warehouse Deployment Solution to enable companies to take advantage of Microsoft's Fast Track PDW Appliances.

Microsoft’s Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architecture using various hardware solutions from companies like HP provides a very efficient way to meet a customer’s growing data needs.

Scalability Experts, Inc., an award-winning global leader in Data Management and Business Intelligence solutions has launched new services to enable customers to quickly take advantage of Microsoft’s recently introduced Fast Track reference architecture and Data Warehouse Appliances. Microsoft’s new solutions provide a turnkey approach to being able to add from tens to hundreds of terabytes data warehouse capacity for less than one third of the costs of more traditional systems. To help customer’s capitalize on this new technology, SE, a Microsoft Gold Partner, has introduced a new Architectural Design Review service and an end-to-end ScaleFast Data Warehouse Deployment service that streamlines and shortens the implementation process.

As a customer’s data volumes and user base grows, it may not always be feasible to re-architect their system in order to add needed performance and scalability. Appliances using Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise scalable reference architectures configured for HP, Dell, Bull, EMC or IBM hardware provide an easy and cost effective way to scale-up. There are significant benefits to implementing an appliance solution:

  •     Reduces hardware testing and tuning time by leveraging the out-of-the-box performance that is built-in
  •     Scales from 4 up to 48 terabytes using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise compression capabilities
  •     Lowers costs through better price performance, rapid deployment and using industry-standard hardware
  •     Offers the right performance, scalability and pricing options to suit your own needs

Being one of the first partners to be trained by Microsoft on their Fast Track initiative, Scalability Experts has developed and optimized two new services to assess a customer’s environment and then deploy the right Fast Track solution that best fits their needs.

SE’s Architecture Design Review (ADR) service will identify an appropriate Fast Track and Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance architecture for the customer’s environment to provide the foundation for predictable performance, scalability, and availability. The SE ADR provides the customer with a strategy to re-architect the data warehouse infrastructure, a road map and recommendations on how to meet future growth requirements. The session includes a benchmarking of a customer’s environment in order to determine Maximum CPU Core Consumption Rate (MCR), Benchmark Consumption Rate (BCR) and Required User Data Capacity (UDC). The service also covers knowledge transfer, design and best practices and methodologies for supporting an enterprise business intelligence solution.

SE ScaleFast Data Warehouse Deployment solution is an end-to-end implementation solution using industry proven Fast Track methodologies to very quickly design and implement an appliance solution that is fine-tuned for a particular customer’s environment. Based on SE’s expertise and unique processes, an appliance can be up and running significantly faster than deployment times provided by other service providers. SE’s ScaleFast solution includes a deep dive workload evaluation and environment assessment, specific hardware recommendations, and turnkey implementation services.

“We are seeing a significant increase in market interest and demand for Microsoft’s Fast Track Data Warehouse appliance solutions”, said Andrew Sisson, Director of BI Practice for SE. “With the growth in data that companies are experiencing each year many are looking for easier solutions to expand their capacity and scalability. Microsoft’s Fast Track reference architecture using various hardware solutions from companies like HP provides a very efficient way to meet a customer’s growing needs. At SE we are excited about being one of the first partners to be fully trained on this new technology from Microsoft and we are actively helping a number of customers already”, Sisson added.

The demand for SE’s BI solutions, database migrations and upgrade SQL Server services continue to grow each quarter. This growth is attributed to the company’s deep domain expertise in segments like Banking & Financial Services, Power & Utility (Smart Meter technology) and Healthcare markets just to name a few. In addition to the new Fast Track Data Warehouse services, SE also announced at the beginning of the year a full line of Cloud Computing services. If you are heading to the Cloud and you need help, SE is holding a joint Cloud Computing Webinar series with Microsoft on June 1st. If you would like to attend please register.

New “Top Ten Data Management Trends” white paper is now available. Learn about the latest Data Management technologies and trends SE is seeing in the market that will help improve your database availability, scalability and performance. Download the complimentary Data Management white paper.

For more specific information about SE services or to have a Solutions Sales Manager contact you please send us an email at info(at)scalabilityexperts(dot)com or call 469-635-6200. SE has operations in U.S, Dubai, Singapore and India.

About Scalability Experts
SE is an award-winning leader in Data Management and Business Intelligence for complex data platforms. With recognized expertise and proven methodologies, Scalability Experts deliver solutions-based services, consulting and training that empower mid-to-large scale enterprises to drive business performance with improved decision making and operational efficiencies. SE is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI) and a Gold Certified Partner.


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