SAS Supports BI Apps Running on Opteron-Solaris Combo
Published: November 9, 2006
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
Business intelligence analytical software maker SAS Institute has been a long-time supporter of the Sparc/Solaris platform, and this week the company announced that it has fulfilled its promise of getting its Enterprise Intelligence Platform of analytics software ported to Solaris and certified on Sun Microsystems' line of "Galaxy" Opteron-based servers.
The Enterprise Intelligence Platform software is an extension of the SAS 9 analytics software, which is used to do data mining of and data integration for data warehouses. The SAS software can run on Sun's Grid Engine grid computing software for Solaris, which allows multiple machines to be ganged up to handle large workloads.
SAS also said that the "Thumper" X4500 data server marries Opteron processors and lots of SATA drives to create a low-cost server that Sun says is perfect for data analysis. The X4500 has six eight-port SATA disk controllers on the board, and can house up to 48 3.5-inch SATA disk drives as well as two dual-core 2.6 GHz Opteron 285 processors into a 4U form factor. The Thumper server supports 250 GB or 500 GB SATA drives, which means it can support a maximum of 24 TB of data. The machine runs Solaris 10 and Sun's own Zettabyte File System. It costs $69,995 fully loaded.
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