At my bosses request, I've begun to investigate Data Appliances. I'm still vague about what they are and how they work. I did find the following quote:
"The data appliance for BI is a purpose-built database machine specifically used to manage analytical data and retrieve the results from massive data analyses with impressive performance – a matter of seconds or minutes instead of hours or even days."
It's the "impressive performance -" part that grabbed my attention! Is this really true?
We're a small company that does high-end analysis of our client's sales/advertising data. Our work is project by project; that is, we get 40 gigs of data from the client and do client specific analysis and deliver it in cubes. It's quite different from working for one company where the database is established and analytics developed go into production and get used over and over. For us, each client's data is different and each client wants different analytics. When we've delivered, it's done and overwith; we dump the data and on to the next project.
It would be great if we could speed up our development time.
Any info that would help me understand what appliances are and what the learning curve is would be most appreciated.