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DHL Selects Teradata solution

DHL will implement a centralized data warehousing solution from Teradata, which will support the company’s strategic and tactical decision-making and is the solid foundation for modules like the new extended Track & Trace (NeXtt) offering that enables customers to continuously monitor the progress of shipments online in real time.

The Teradata warehouse can handle double-digit terabyte volumes of data, says the company. Following a rigorous proof-of-concept review that simulated the handling of average loads and assessed the ability to process peak-load information with simultaneous database queries, Teradata was selected to supply DHL with a company-wide data warehousing system.

“We expect the system’s capacity to be utilized to a far greater extent in terms of both the amount of data processed and the number of queries in the future,” said Martin Kolbe, managing director and chief information officer of DHL Express Germany. “For instance, we can now keep data online across the entire liability timeframe, and therefore speed up queries and analysis. We chose Teradata because of the speed of its data retrieval, the potential savings generated by a company-wide data warehousing solution and the scalability of the system as a whole," he said.

DHL will use the Teradata Warehouse as an active data warehouse. This means the system will not only facilitate long-term, strategic decisions but is also designed to support short-term decisions such as tracking express shipments in real time. It can also be used for marketing.

The Teradata data warehousing solution runs on NCR servers in a clustered architecture that allows simultaneous processing of complex mixed workloads involving data integration, large data tables, extensive data mining and online queries, while remaining linearly scalable in terms of amount of data, number of users and task complexity. In addition, a disaster recovery concept protects mission-critical data against system outages but is also available for productive usage during normal business operation, says the company.