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by Steve BogdonMonday, October 12, 2009

CHICAGO, October 12th, 2009 — Kognitio®, a leading global provider of business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing solutions, today announced the latest version of WX2, its award-winning analytical database, delivering fast analytical performance through the use of in-memory processing, and coupling it with the highest level of reliability and continuous operation available on the market.

With the introduction of version 7.0 of WX2 and its improved support for memory-based analysis, Kognitio makes it possible for companies that want to benefit from high-intensity, high-performance data analytics to obtain the results they need in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of competing products.  Moreover, they gain from WX2’s automated recovery and the database’s ability to carry out key maintenance operations online as automated background operations driven by system status , both of which dramatically increase system uptime.

“As BI becomes more integrated into the business and more critical to business performance, users are looking for higher data availability,” said Richard Winter, senior data warehousing analyst at Winter Corporation.  “In its new release of WX2, Kognitio has moved forward with features to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime.   Users seeking both high performance and high data availability would do well to take a look at WX2.” 

Version 7.0 includes:

  • improved in-memory analytics, offering unprecedented speeds to access and query data;
  • automated fault recovery, offering maximum database uptime
  • the removal of scheduled downtime
  • improved multi-lingual support, ensuring WX2 can be deployed globally;
  • increased level of user concurrency, allowing hundreds of users to submit queries  at the same time, while maintaining top-line performance; and
  • greater scalability, allowing users to deploy WX2 and scale their systems from terabytes to petabytes, with no impact on the analytical performance.

 “WX2 version 7.0 delivers a virtual universal uptime environment, making tangible strides toward an ‘always-on’ database environment, and meeting the increasingly constant requirements of data-intensive firms,” said Roger Gaskell, Kognitio’s Chief Technology Officer.  “Its enhanced ability for the database to automatically collect information and restart after a hardware failure is a key asset for companies where consistent access to data and the ability to analyze it is a corporate imperative.” Gaskell noted that version 7.0 also adds native international, multi-language support, making WX2 truly a global product.

"WX2 gives us the chance to go beyond the confines of typical databases," said Brian Canning, Chief Technology Officer at TRA, a New York-based media and marketing research company. "We can now run queries and answer them in sub-second response times, we can do ad-hoc analyses on the fly, and the scalability of the platform will help us as we grow TRA."  

"WX2 demonstrates absolutely jaw-dropping performance," said Fiachra Woodman, IT Director at Loyalty Management Group. "At any one time, more than one hundred users from our user community query data in WX2 at the same time and there is no degradation to analytical performance. When WX2 hands back the answer before we've thought of the question, we'll be satisfied. Until then, we remain ecstatic."

The winner of SearchDataManagement.com’s  “Product of the Year” award and a 2009 “Best Products and Services” award by Network Products Guide, Kognitio’s WX2 is used globally by companies across a wide range of established and emerging industries, such as telecommunications, biogenomics, consumer packaged goods, marketing and more.  It enables them to analyze and gain insights from multiple terabytes of information within seconds or minutes, instead of the hours, days or longer required by competing products.  Kognitio has architected WX2 to enable the industry’s widest range of installation options; the software can be licensed on a global capacity basis, incorporated in an appliance, or can be built on commodity-based hardware instead of costly proprietary hardware.

WX2 is also at the heart of Kognitio’s pioneering Data Warehousing as a Service (DaaS™) offering, which allows firms to rapidly implement and derive answers from data on an outsourced basis, at a fraction of the cost and time it would take for a company to buy and install the needed hardware and software.

About Kognitio 

Kognitio is an innovative, technology-rich company, providing leading-edge solutions to business problems that require the acquisition, rationalization and analysis of large or complex data. Kognitio's award-winning WX2, a 2008 SearchDataManagement.com “Product of the Year” and 2009 Network Products Guide “Best Products and Services” recipient,” is the industry’s fastest and most scalable analytical database on the market, giving firms the ability to turn their raw data into valuable business insight fast, and empowering its customers to realize comprehensive answers to critical business questions.

Globally headquartered in Bracknell, UK, with North American headquarters in Chicago and offices in New York, Kognitio delivers competitive advantage to its clients across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, financial services and utilities.  More information is available by phone at 312.268.5725 and at www.kognitio.com.

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