Dial a data warehouse

Data warehousing is taking to the streets via a mobile data warehousing service that can be parked in the office car park.

Part of Delpride's Data Warehousing Services Australia (DWSA) division, the mobile warehousing centre is pitched as a way to pilot prototype applications before spending up big on equipment.

The service also includes building pilot applications and projects based on the cost of labour for the time Delpride spends working at the customer's site. Geoff Peach, managing director of Delpride, said after the pilot is completed organizations can also sign up for a managed service for hardware and software or migrate to a specific platform.

"With mobile warehousing, we're offering organizations everything they need to deploy their pilot applications and the potential to continue to full production without the large initial investment typically required," Peach said.

"Pilot programs traditionally soak up a lot of time to get started owing to hardware constraints, software installation and equipment configuration and the added cost of acquiring suitable equipment and personnel for this initial phase."

Unix or Intel-based servers at up to 100 percent data load are used in the mobile warehousing pilots, which run for up to six weeks.

Last year Australian insurance firm Promina conducted a six-week pilot trial of an application intended for the internal actuarial department in the mobile data warehouse, running an 8 processor Unix/Sun Fire V880 server.

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