Date Added: May 2009
Data warehouses are growing in importance because today's enterprises need fast access to exact and reliable information to put decision-making on a simpler and more secure basis. Of course, having the ability to supply data in real time also increases the demands placed on system performance and data throughput. The fact that data warehouse environments are constantly changing and growing also necessitates runtime environments that scale easily and flexibly. Designing and building data warehouses that are reliable, highly available, scalable, low-cost, flexible and adaptable and offer high performance - that can require long-term, work-intensive projects. However, long infrastructure projects are no longer acceptable in a time when business processes are changing so rapidly.