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SAND Searchable Archive Deployed by Atos Origin for Major 15-Year Archive Contract With ATOC

SAND Enables Efficient Storage and Retrieval of Years' Worth of Data in Complex Transportation Management Project

    BASINGSTOKE, UK (ots) - SAND Technology (NASDAQ: SNDT), an
innovator in analytic application infrastructure, today announced
that Atos Origin, an international information technology services
company, will deploy SAND Searchable Archive software in a critical
data warehouse management application for the Rail Settlement Plan
(RSP), which is part of the Association of Train Operating Companies
(ATOC), in the United Kingdom. SAND Searchable Archive software will
enable Atos Origin to extend its hosted UK rail ticketing analytics
    The high-profile project for RSP requires that in order to meet
compliance regulations, 401 days of data on transactional sales from
all of the UK's train operating companies should be kept accessible
and available to users, at varying levels of aggregation. This online
data is platformed on a SAND Analytic Server. After 401 days the data
must be archived, but must also be available to be restored at any
time for analysis -- which is a vital deliverable of the contract. It
is anticipated that over the 15-year contract, in excess of 65
terabytes of data will be accumulated.
    To provide the equivalent speed and accessibility of data
restoration that the SAND Searchable Archive will achieve at the end
of the 15-year contract, it would have required 12.4 terabytes of
disk storage, instead of the 620 gigabytes of storage that the SAND
solution will require, using a current compression ratio of 95%.
    Atos Origin selected SAND Searchable Archive for the
mission-critical project because of the software's ability to reduce
the overall cost of data management. This is achieved through
efficiently partitioning the active data accumulated by ATOC into an
online server and a nearline archive where it can be restored quickly
and easily for fraud detection or marketing purposes.
    Atos Origin chose SAND as its partner for the high-profile
contract because it already used SAND's application platform, SAND
Analytic Server, which is designed to work as an online complement to
SAND Searchable Archive. SAND Searchable Archive was selected because
of its ability to achieve unrivalled compression rates for data
storage -- 95% -- without compromising users' requirements to access
the data.
    "RSP is a major strategic customer for Atos Origin and SAND
Searchable Archive was the natural choice for us on this project,"
said Mark Spear, Lennon Programme Director, Atos Origin. "Not only is
it a complement to the SAND Analytic Server technology already in
place, but it will also enable us to deliver an efficient solution
that is perfectly suited to the data archiving challenges faced by
RSP. We are pleased to be working with SAND and are excited about the
possibilities of the relationship moving forward."
    "Atos Origin has successfully deployed SAND Analytic Server as an
online analytic application platform for an extended period," said
Arthur Ritchie, SAND's Chief Executive Officer. "SAND Searchable
Archive is a natural evolution of this project and we are very
pleased to be working with a forward-thinking organization like Atos
Origin on its complex information management and data warehousing
      About SAND Searchable Archive™
    SAND Searchable Archive is a highly compact analytic repository
that typically stores data in less than 10% of the space required by
an equivalent relational data warehouse. Early production
installations have yielded 80% - 90% compression of input data, which
translates to at least 95% compression in comparison to a similar
indexed relational database.
    SAND Searchable Archive's read-only archive files can be searched
using standard Business Intelligence tools and methods without the
need to decompress the data first. In nearline applications, the
selected data can be efficiently restored to the online warehouse or
analytic server. In offline configurations, the selected data is
queried in place without the need to restore it.
    Users can configure 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, disc and servers 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.
    SAND Searchable Archive can be deployed on Windows, Linux or UNIX
servers. Product pricing varies based on the amount of data being
stored in the archive.
      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 a third of the size of an
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 runs on standard hardware, optimizing the
performance of both.
      About Atos Origin
    Atos Origin is an international information technology services
company. Its business is turning client vision into results through
the application of consulting, systems integration and managed
operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion
and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the
Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and
its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, BP,
Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent,
Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger,
Shell, Telecom Italia, UBS, UK Department for Work and Pensions,
Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

      About RSP
    Rail Settlement Plan (RSP) is a subsidiary of the Association of
Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and is responsible for: running
outsourced IT service contracts for all rail tickets, ticket issuing
systems, reservations, fares, information services, timetables,
revenue allocation, revenue settlement between train companies,
ticket on departure schemes, credit card automation, gathering sales
data and redistributing the revenue collected from ticket sales.

      About ATOC
    The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the
official voice for the passenger rail industry -- representing train
companies to the government and other opinion formers on transport
policy issues. Britain's train operators are working together to
change rail travel for the better.
    ATOC manages many joint activities for train operators including
revenue allocation and settlement, impartial retailing, National Rail
Enquiries, railcard marketing, staff travel arrangements,
international products and travel agent licensing.

      About SAND Technology®
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vantage point from which to survey the competitive landscape. SAND's
advanced analytic data management products empower users with a
better understanding of their business environment through better
access to their business data.
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analysis, regulatory compliance and specialized Business Intelligence
applications for government and security, healthcare,
telecommunications, financial services, retail and other business
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