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To the editor:
Compaq commends its good friends and partners for their impressive 100- terabyte cluster achievement. Clearly, Intel-based NT systems are advancing rapidly into the higher realms of enterprise computing – and Compaq is certainly in the forefront.
However, we have to point out a small error in the announcement. This system is not the first clustered system to break the 100-terabyte database barrier. Compaq did this almost a year ago … in October, 1999. It was a cluster of servers, 128 processors in all, which ran against a single 111-terabyte database. And not just any database. This was a real-time database … an operational data store which was tightly linked to the company’s key business applications.
Designed for a major telecommunications carrier, this system ran a complex mixed workload, including a CRM solution which produced a single view of the customer – in real-time, complete with cross sell/upsell recommendations based on data mining/personalization software. The system handled 1.2 billion transactions per day (equivalent to the telephone traffic of the top five world telcos combined) and provided current up-to-the second customer profiles to 40,000 simulated customer service agents with 14/100 response time.
For more information on Compaq’s system, read about the Zero Latency Enterprise story at: http://www.compaq.com/zle/ .
Kristen Wilson Account Director Blanc & Otus
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