Xtreme Data's dbX is a database appliance designed specifically for the unconstrained analysis and exploration of large data sets. The fully-integrated platform features patented SQL in Silicon hardware acceleration.

dbX ends the era of DBA 'workarounds' by directly addressing the requirements of ad hoc data exploration. The appliance provides unrestricted access via industry standard SQL, executes queries more than 10x faster than existing systems, and is scalable to petabytes. In contrast with competing products dbX provides predictable performance with a low total cost of ownership (TCO). It allows analysts to focus on answering business questions, unhindered by system management, data placement, or performance tuning issues.

dbX is a fully-integrated 'appliance', incorporating all the components of an analysis system: storage, computing, interconnect network and database engine. This single-vendor system eliminates the significant labour costs incurred in configuration, integration, performance tuning and in the implementation of the work-arounds mentioned above.

Analysis and opinion

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