HP's debut into the data warehousing field finally came out of the shadows this month with an official coming-out party for its new BI server in Berlin this week. The Neoview system sports up to 256 Itanium 2 processors tied to the company's Tandem NonStop OS.
HP is stressing the system's round-the-clock availability, according to a write-up in Internet News. 24-hour operation is expected to bolster competitive flexibility by linking business data and operations directly to decision-making capabilities.
The new server is also tied to a range of BI services, such as strategy, planning and data integration, that HP acquired through the purchase of Kightsbridge Solutions. The goal is to foster such activities as data acquisition and cleansing, warehouse admin and governance.
It's a fairly aggressive move by HP, putting the Neoview head-to-head with established solutions from IBM, Oracle and NCR. But in time-honored HP fashion, nothing exists in vacuum. Neoview is part of HP's overall Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio designed to leverage applications from Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and others into a next-gen data center.
At the very least, then, Neoview can be viewed as one piece of an overall upgrade strategy, rather than tomorrow's standalone legacy system.