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EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) takes on Oracle Exadata

EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) brings vendor to data warehouse appliance market to challenge Oracle Exadata, Netezza TwinFin 12, Teradata 2580.

Following EMC Corp.'s July acquisition of Greenplum Inc., EMC today launched a data warehouse appliance to compete with Oracle Corp.'s Exadata, as well as systems from Netezza Corp., Teradata Corp. and others. The EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (EMC Greenplum DCA) is a standalone direct-attached storage device (DAS device) that can also be packaged with EMC Clariion SAN and Data Domain systems for advanced data protection.

The EMC Greenplum DCA consists of Greenplum 4.0 software released last month and a hardware box that includes 16 servers and 192 Intel cores, and holds 36 TB uncompressed or 144 TB of compressed data in one rack. The system comes in half-rack and full rack configurations, and scales to 24 racks. EMC claims the Greenplum Data Computing Appliance can scan uncompressed data at 24 GBps and load more than 10 TB per hour per rack.

EMC also sells Greenplum 4.0 as standalone software, but EMC director of product strategy Ben Werther said the DCA appliance is tuned for top performance. EMC also offers the DCA packaged with Clariion storage and EMC RecoverPoint replication software for disaster recovery, and with Data Domain deduplication devices for backup.

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