SAND Technology Demonstrates Interoperability with Network Appliance™ Enterprise Storage and Compliance Solutions

SAND/DNA for SAP BI was tested for interoperability on a NetApp NearStore® storage system, a hardware complement to the SAND/DNA technology. SAND/DNA was specifically designed to complement the data lifecycle management capabilities available to organizations as their data warehouse solutions grow in size. Users can move infrequently used data onto a nearline storage system, where it is stored in a highly compressed format while remaining easily accessible. As a result, storage utilization is enhanced and the user's ability to access granular historical data increases without an increase in infrastructure costs.

"NetApp is committed to providing customers with innovative, reliable storage technology solutions that cost-effectively support critical business objectives," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. "SAND's compatibility with NetApp storage systems will offer our joint SAP customers a solution that enables them to more efficiently leverage large data warehouses and adhere to compliance standards."

The interoperability testing was successful in both Windows® and Linux® environments with the SAND/DNA solution on a NetApp NearStore storage system. SAND/DNA and SAP BI data were archived to a UNIX® NFS mounted file system and a Windows CIFS share on the NetApp storage system, with the resulting compressed data successfully stored in a SnapLock volume. Data stored in a NetApp SnapLock volume is tamper-proof and cannot be altered or deleted for the duration of the retention period. Customer data remains protected and unchanged, until it is accessed years or decades later.

"As SAP NetWeaver BI databases continue to expand at record rates, SAP users need efficient, cost-effective access to that data, particularly for purposes of regulatory compliance," said Jerry Shattner, executive vice president, SAND Technology. "SAND/DNA addresses this issue by facilitating nearline storage of critical data for SAP users. We are very pleased to extend our offering to the NetApp unified storage platform, providing our SAP customers with a compliance solution and the ability to more efficiently manage their exploding data stores."

SAND/DNA's advanced information management technology works seamlessly to manage extensive data stores, providing fast access to and highly efficient utilization of data in large data warehouses. Enterprise customers in industries such as healthcare, government, financial services, retail, and global transportation can cost effectively retain massive amounts of compressed data in a near-line repository for extended periods, according to applicable business rules and regulatory requirements, and rapidly retrieve any information they need, whenever they need it.

SAND/DNA provides four key features in support of SAP NetWeaver BI, offering customers the following:

  • Superior data compression: SAND/DNA typically delivers compression rates of over 85%
  • Simplified online query access: SAND/DNA can support online queries from standard SAP NetWeaver BI-based reporting environments
  • Low-cost maintenance: SAND/DNA requires significantly fewer data administration resources than standard archiving systems
  • Linear scalability: Recent SAND benchmarks show linear scalability with little or no loss in throughput

SAND Dynamic Nearline Access for SAP NetWeaver BI has been certified by SAP for its smooth integration as an ABAP add-on with the SAP NetWeaver Application Server. This software has been awarded the endorsement "Powered by SAP NetWeaver."

About SAND Technology
SAND is an international provider of intelligent information management software. The SAND/DNA product suite scales to help any size enterprise cope with exploding data requirements, now and into the future. SAND/DNA Access allows for retaining all potentially relevant data in a tiny footprint while providing instant access to just what's required. SAND/DNA Analytics allows for complex what-if analysis to meet any planned and unplanned business need. Sharing SAND's patented "ask-anything" DNA, together they provide a just-in-time approach to data management with unparalleled productivity and cost-effectiveness.

SAND/DNA solutions include SAP-certified information management, CRM analytics, and specialized applications for government, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, retail, transportation, and other business sectors.

SAND Technology has offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central Europe.

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