SAS9 available for Intel Itanium 2 systems

SAS Institute Inc. and Intel Corp. this week announced the immediate availability of SAS9 on Intel-based servers and clients. Intel's joint effort with SAS expands on years of collaboration between the two companies, and aims to help users to expand business intelligence throughout the enterprise by using SAS9 running on Intel Itanium 2 processor-based servers and Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebooks.

The two companies say that they are working together to proliferate mobile solutions throughout the enterprise, so that users can get access to critical business information whenever, wherever, they need it. SAS 9 on Intel architecture is designed to handle the realities of mobile computing in both a wired and unwired environment. This effort is part of Intel's Mobilized Software Initiative, which aims to apply architectural concepts similar to offline-networked messaging to a broader range of applications.

The enhanced SAS9 solution with Itanium 2-based systems is designed to give organizations the computational power, massive data processing ability and scalability to compute more in less time. Customers will benefit greatly from the ease of use of SAS9 and the Intel Itanium 2 processor's powerful memory and data throughput capabilities, the companies say.

As just one example of how this platform is being used, the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) recently deployed an Itanium 2-based Unisys ES7000 server with SAS9 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 solution to boost data analysis performance and streamline its data center.

"SAS9 and our Itanium 2 processor-based hardware have allowed researchers to speed through data analysis faster and to ask questions that they could not ask before," says Janet Heslop, computing systems manager at CISER. "Based on our experience with SAS9 on Itanium 2 processors, we are doubling the size of our Itanium 2-based system, and evaluating the new capability of SAS business intelligence server, which we anticipate will help users to access their results easily, using familiar tools like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word."

"Intel and SAS are committed to delivering innovative mobile business intelligence solutions that are easy to deploy and provide a high return on investment," says Melissa Laird, GM at the Solutions Enabling Division for Intel Corporation. "SAS software running on Itanium 2-based systems can turn massive amounts of data into business intelligence more rapidly and effectively, giving customers a solution they can depend on."

"SAS9 delivers unprecedented performance and simplicity that gives more people access to the power of SAS analytics. With more users comes the need for more power, and that is where Intel's Itanium 2 processor comes in," says Keith Collins, CTO at SAS. "Together, Intel and SAS enable businesses to run scalable applications that extract business information and apply it intelligently in order to improve operations, increase profitability, and keep costs down," he concludes.

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