SOURCE: SAND Technology

August 23, 2005 08:00 ET

SAND Becomes Sun Microsystems iForce Partner

SAND Analytic Server and SAND Searchable Archive Bring Data Warehousing Strength to Sun Partner Program

MONTREAL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- SAND Technology Inc. (OTC BB: SNDTF), an innovator in analytic application infrastructure, today announced its acceptance into the Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) iForce Partner Program. The SAND Analytic Server and SAND Searchable Archive products currently run on Solaris 8 and 9 as well as Sun's Sparc, Intel, and Opteron processors under Windows or Linux, and addition of support for Solaris 10 is in progress.

Sun's iForce Initiative brings together Sun and its best-of-breed partners worldwide to deliver proven solutions that reduce cost and time to market. The iForce Initiative addresses customer business objectives by helping to lower risk and accelerate time to implementation for business solutions that help lower total cost of ownership and increase productivity.

"SAND is very excited about being an iForce Partner," said Linda Arens, Sr. Director, Global Alliances for SAND Technology. "We believe that the combination of Sun's servers with SAND's software products provide our mutual customers with a unique, high-performance, scalable analytic application and data archiving solution that can meet current needs and accommodate growth over time." SAND recently completed interoperability and performance testing of SAND Analytic Server, with excellent results, on the Sun Fire V40z and Sun Fire V440 running both Solaris and Linux operating systems in the iForce center. This effort is just the beginning of SAND's commitment to the Sun platform and to working with Sun to provide customers with a best-of-breed offering.

"We are pleased to have SAND as part of our iForce family and their commitment to supporting our platforms," said KP Naidu, Vice President, Data Center & Global iForce Solution Center, Sun Microsystems. "Customers and other iForce Partners can now benefit from SAND's innovative data archiving, data warehousing, and analytic data management software products with the added confidence provided by Solaris 10's stable and fast server platform."

About SAND Searchable Archive

SAND Searchable Archive is a highly compact analytic repository that allows users to keep data in less than 10% of the space required by an equivalent relational data warehouse without compromising data access. SAND Searchable Archive's read-only archive files contain both data and metadata to ensure portability and can be searched using standard Business Intelligence tools and methods without decompressing the data first. In nearline applications, the selected data can be efficiently restored to the on-line warehouse or analytic server. In offline configurations, the selected data can be directly queried in place without the need to restore it. Users can control the speed of data selection by adjusting the available server and storage resources, using less expensive media when storage cost is the underlying driver, and higher-performance resources when speed of data access is critical. Because the data access rate corresponds linearly with CPU usage, query speeds against the compressed files can approach or even exceed those achieved against the source warehouse.

About SAND Analytic Server

SAND Analytic Server is a high-performance multi-user platform that facilitates the development and deployment of complex online analytic applications. It is typically 1/3 the size of an equivalent indexed relational data warehouse or data mart, but offers greater flexibility and more efficient analytic performance. It does not require specialized indexing, so it is faster to set up, faster to accommodate changes in the business environment and faster to respond to user requests for data.

SAND Analytic Server works with industry-standard Business Intelligence tools and extends the performance of existing data warehouse infrastructures by efficiently handling complex applications that typically drain warehouse resources.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

About SAND Technology®

SAND's advanced analytic data management products empower users with a better understanding of their business environment through better access to their business data. SAND Searchable Archive allows organizations to cost-effectively retain data for extended periods of time while SAND Analytic Server facilitates better business insight.

SAND Technology-based solutions include CRM analytics, financial analysis, regulatory compliance and specialized Business Intelligence applications for government and security, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, retail and other business sectors.

SAND Technology has offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central Europe. For more information, visit

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