October 4, 2006

SAS Intelligence Storage

SAS has its own data store, called SAS Intelligence Storage. It’s a relational system running on SMP boxes, whose unique feature is that it has fixed-length records and hence is a perfect array, for speedy lookup. This is highly analogous to classical MOLAP systems. However, SAS reports that customers store up to several hundred terabytes of data in SAS Intelligence Storage, which is definitely not very analogous to what goes on in the MOLAP world.

It sounds as if the product is optimized for data mining and generic OLAP alike. Indeed, SAS Intelligence Storage is used to power both SAS’s data mining and other advanced analytics, and also its more conventional BI suite.


4 Responses to “SAS Intelligence Storage”

  1. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services»Blog Archive » Really big databases on February 23rd, 2007 1:04 am

    […] Oracle, IBM, Teradata, Netezza, and DATAllegro have plenty of customers each above the 20 terabyte size; apparently even Greenplum has one. For that matter, SAS software directly manages some multi-hundred-terabyte databases. […]

  2. Tamas Feher on August 26th, 2008 4:08 am

    Please abandon the use of ambigious shorthands! SAS can mean “Special Air Service” (badass british army airborne commando troops who do a lot of intelligence and infiltration on enemy territory) or Scandinavian Airlines or whatnot.

    I understand americans just love using shorthands, but this is a maddening experience for many readers. Hopefully the keyboard won’t wear out if you spell out the names fully alongside the shorthand when used for the first time.

    Thanks in advance, Tamas Feher from Hungary.

  3. Curt Monash on August 26th, 2008 4:22 am

    I’m sorry, Tamas, but “SAS” IS fully spelled out. It’s not an acronym for anything. It is what it is.

    The SAS Institute is a pretty major company, and it tends to name its products after itself.

    Best regards,


  4. Infology.Ru » Blog Archive » Быстрый обзор технологий хранилищ данных on March 24th, 2009 12:27 pm

    […] нагрузки. Среди них Teradata, Netezza, DATAllegro, Greenplum, Dataupia, и SAS. Все они, за исключением SAS целиком или в основном […]

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