Infobright

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Date: 30th September, 2009
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Infobright is an open source vendor focused specifically on the market for analytic data warehousing. As such it offers a Community Edition that you can download for no charge as well as a licensable Enterprise Edition that has some additional features. While it can be deployed in any environment it is most likely to be of interest to users with existing MySQL skills as, although Infobright actually has a unique internal architecture (using a columnar approach combined with some innovative additional features), it has been designed to look like MySQL from the outside. However, we need to make it clear that this is not just for people who have been trying to run a data warehouse on a MySQL platform. MySQL runs out of steam at a few hundred gigabytes as a data warehouse and that would barely stretch Infobright, though it would still be a good option. No, more generally, Infobright will be suitable for companies with much larger warehouses, running into tens of terabytes of raw data who have some MySQL experience, not necessarily for warehousing purposes. Nowadays there are not many companies that this does not apply to.

While Infobright addresses the need for data warehousing amongst the MySQL community it is not limited to this market. This is because Infobright is highly scalable, much more so than the average MySQL user will need (but which should be reassuring). Thus Infobright represents a potential solution for any company that needs a simple to use, low-cost analytic solution regardless of the existing processing environment.

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