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You asked ! We heard ! - HP Enterprise Data Warehouse (V 1.4) optimized for Microsoft PDW (AU3.5)

You asked ! We heard ! - HP Enterprise Data Warehouse (V 1.4) optimized for SQL Parallel Data Warehouse Software (AU3.5)


Hi everyone, I thought I would let you know about some new features which will be available with the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW Version 1.4). As many of you know, HP and Microsoft have partnered to provide the industry with the industry leading massively parallel SQL Server platform. The HP EDW appliance has been optimized and enhanced to support Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Software (version AU3.5).


It should be noted that Hadoop connectivity is available to support unstructured and semi-structured “big data” requirements.  Structured data may be loaded into the EDW appliance using output from Hadoop Mapreduce or by using ETL software.


I personally, prefer systems which can scale-out because they allow the ability to start small using ½ a data rack with 4 active compute nodes and grow to 40 active compute nodes in 4 data racks. The feature of providing close to linear scalability up to 480 active cores is useful to support most customers’ ever increasing workload and data volumes. The EDW is ideal for supporting structured big data requirements up to 610 TB.


I also feel that end users will be happier with the HP EDW (V 1.4) appliance because of improvements in query response times and query throughput. In general, I would expect up to 2x performance gains for queries which tend to be CPU intensive and memory bound. Performance gains are a result of:


  • Intel Core Microarchitecture Sandy Bridge processors used in HP ProLiant Gen 8 servers


  • More memory per compute node (128GB in V1.4  vs. 64GB in V1.3 per Compute node)
  • Faster memory in each server
  • Larger tempdb space
  • FDR Infiniband
  • AU3.5 software more effectively taking advantage of Proliant Gen8 processor cores by exploiting NUMA technology to a greater degree
  •  Etc. 

It should also be noted that the new HP ProLiant Gen8 technology will help lay foundation for a better managed appliance. Speaking of an easier to manage appliance, HP is the only company who provides a comprehensive EDW Support Pack Utility Suite, which includes the following tools:


  • Firmware and Driver Validator
  • Firmware and Driver Updater
  • Hardware Diagnostics
  • Device Password Update Utility
  • EDW reports


The above tools make it easier to manage and maintain the HP EDW appliance running the Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) software.


Finally, HP and Microsoft have simplified field upgrades for existing EDW customers by using HP’s Factory Express and HP/Microsoft Installation services.


Find out further details about the solution at the following link.

PC Support | ‎09-25-2012 10:21 AM

thanks for the informative blog post!!

benslinkard | ‎09-27-2012 12:41 PM

Companies commonly use <a href=""> Data warehousing </a> to analyze trends over time.

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Jeff Spiller has over 30 years experience in architecting highly available and scalable multi-tier platforms for a variety of Fortune 500 co...

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