Hitachi Software plans to launch its HiDBMS massively parallel database into the US market this summer, but the product is unlikely to appear in the UK and Europe before next year.
The database, which is aimed primarily at the data warehousing market, has been available in Japan since October 1995. But Hitachi has delayed the push into new geographic markets because of difficulties in finding the right partners to sell it.
The firm is currently in discussions with both ISVs and hardware vendors to OEM the offering, although it will also be sold by the company?s US Hitachi Software and Hitachi Data Systems subsidiaries.
It is also looking for support organisations, although all maintenance will be done in Japan.
Kazuo Masai, Hitachi?s HiDBMS department manager, said: ?We?re currently searching for a company to be our reference site in the US and we want to find partners that will help us do marketing there. This is quite a niche product, but we think the advantage we have over rivals such as Oracle is that this was actually built as a parallel database from the ground up rather than being built for one CPU and scaled up.?
HiDBMS is available in single server and parallel server versions under Unix and as a single server for Windows NT. A parallel release for NT is scheduled to ship by June.
The database has a 'shared nothing' architecture, which means that each node runs its own copy of the software. The largest production version, being used by a Japanese bank, is 100Gbytes in capacity and runs on 54 CPUs. It costs from $5,000 for a single user to $53,000 for a unlimited site licence.
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