RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Columnar Databases – Designed for Data Warehouse High Performance

Webinar Abstract
A common complaint that TDWI hears from BI professionals is: “My data warehouse platform consists of a traditional DBMS and SMP hardware, both designed for transaction processing, not data warehousing.” Users spend a lot of time and energy tweaking the transactional platform to get adequate performance for the type of queries and data volumes common in data warehousing. For this reason and others, many BI professionals are searching for alternatives to the usual DBMS/SMP platform. And their search has led many of them to columnar databases, especially when they can be deployed in an MPP architecture. This webinar explains how columnar databases are uniquely designed for data warehousing, which makes them a viable alternative to more traditional DBMS platforms.

You will learn:

  • What a columnar database is and does
  • Why the columnar approach fits data warehousing so well
  • Benefits of columnar databases, like fast queries and compressed data
  • Relevant architectural issues, like MPP, shared nothing, and appliance configurations
  • Real-world use cases for columnar databases in data warehousing

Philip Russom, Ph.D.

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