Supermarket chain Sainsbury is to have one of the world's largest data warehouses and the first of its kind in the UK. The company has bought Data General's high-end Numa servers to run the system. In a deal believed to be worth several million pounds, Sainsbury will be using two AV 20000 servers to host a 3Tb (Terabyte) data warehouse, gathering information from the supermarket's customer loyalty card programme. The data warehouse will be based on Oracle software. Sainsbury said it will use the information to develop merchandising programmes designed to attract and retain more customers. Martin Wright, IS infrastructure manager at Sainsbury, said: "(We) are investing in technology that will allow the company to get closer to its customers. The AV20000 server has proved to be a flexible platform and has delivered the performance and scalabilty that we required." The Numa server is built on 32 200MHz Pentium Pro chips with 1Mb of L2 cache, 32Gb of RAM and 1 TB fault-tolerant disk farm. Data General claimed the Sainsbury deal represents the biggest Intel-based Numa server ever shipped. Sainsbury said it will be providing up to 300 business users with access to the data warehouse via business intelligence software.
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