Compaq's new technology reduces data warehouse query time

Compaq Computer Corp. has unveiled the details of its Zero Latency Enterprise (ZLE) technology, a product and service combination that it said can turn weeks-long data warehouse queries into real-time database responses.

The Houston-based computer company said ZLE requires either its NonStop Himalayan server running its NonStop SQL database or an Oracle Corp. database on an AlphaServer. Servers can be clustered up to 4,000 processors.

ZLE offers a series of components from Compaq and third-party partners that integrate legacy applications. For example, Blaze Software Inc., a subsidiary of Brokat AG in Stuttgart, Germany, sells a rules engine that ties together business logic from existing applications so that changes in one area, such as call center processes, are reflected in other customer-related programs.

ZLE includes a centralized operational data store (ODS). A single ODS can pack more than 3.4 petabytes of data from disparate applications in one environment.

Although each ZLE environment will be different, the company said users can expect to invest a minimum of US$1 million in hardware, software and implementation costs to launch a ZLE program.

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