Volkswagen Financial Services Reduces Costs of SAP Data Warehouse Management with Nearline Solution from SAND



    SAND/DNA Enables Highly Efficient Data Storage and Transparent Access to
    Data from SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s for Europe's Largest Provider of
    Automotive Financial Services

    HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 30 /CNW/ -- Volkswagen Financial Services
Aktiengesellschaft, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
and the largest provider of automotive financial services in Europe, has
chosen to implement the SAND/DNATM nearline storage solution for SAP NetWeaver
Business Intelligence Release 2004s (SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s). SAND Technology
(OTC Bulletin Board:   SNDTF.OB) is an international provider of solutions for
intelligent information management for enterprise companies. The first
customer worldwide to use the newest version of the SAP NetWeaver solution,
Volkswagen Financial Services chose SAND/DNA for maximum nearline
functionality enabling the company to store and effectively manage its rapidly
growing volumes of data.
    Certified for integration by SAP, the SAND software was developed to
handle the increasing demands of data management that companies are
experiencing as a result of their fast-growing SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s data
warehouse solutions. Volkswagen Financial Services made the decision to invest
in a nearline storage solution in January of 2005, when it determined that the
approximately 2 terabytes of data it was currently warehousing would increase
to roughly 10 terabytes by May of 2007.
    "The solution we were looking for had to deliver relief for our existing
system, cost-effective storage of our 'old data,' and transparent access to
all of our data," said Adrian Bourcevet, responsible project manager in
department I-SE4, Enterprise Management of the Information Technology Service
Center at Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft. "Following an
in-depth analysis of the marketplace in 2006, we decided to implement
SAND/DNA. This solution addresses our needs perfectly."
    The ability of SAND/DNA to compress selected data to an extremely high
degree (approximately 90 percent on average) while making it available for use
in reporting or as the basis for new DataStore objects or InfoCubes was the
key factor in Volkswagen Financial Services' decision. The low total cost of
ownership, due to the need for far less administrative support as compared
with standard archiving solutions, was also very appealing.
    "We are very pleased that Volkswagen Financial Services decided in favor
of nearline storage with SAND/DNA for SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s," commented
Roland Markowski, SAND Technology's managing director for central Europe.
"This decision confirms our solution's ability to manage, provide rapid access
to and store any volume of infrequently-used data extremely effectively as a
fully integrated extension to SAP NetWeaver BI 2004s. SAND/DNA enables
companies to reduce the total costs for users and supports their efforts to
manage their rapidly growing data warehouses more efficiently."

    Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft

    Founded in 1994, Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and has its
headquarters in Braunschweig, Germany. The company is responsible for
coordinating the worldwide financial services activities of the Volkswagen
Group. With its comprehensive range of financial services, Volkswagen
Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft strengthens the link between its
customers and its group brands, significantly contributing to the promotion
and securing of group sales.
    Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft is the largest
automobile financial services provider in Europe. Total assets on December 31,
2005, reached 39.8 billion euros and approximately 4.2 million contracts.
Presently, Volkswagen Financial Services Aktiengesellschaft has 4,968
employees worldwide, of which 3,595 work in Germany. Further information is
available at http://www.vwfsag.de .

    SAND Technology

    SAND is an international provider of intelligent information management
software. The SAND/DNA product suite scales to help any size enterprise cope
with exploding data requirements, now and into the future. SAND/DNA Access
allows for retaining all potentially relevant data in a tiny footprint while
providing instant access to just what's required. SAND/DNA Analytics allows
for complex what-if analysis to meet any planned and unplanned business need.
Sharing SAND's patented "ask-anything" DNA, together they provide a
just-in-time approach to data management with unparalleled productivity and
cost-effectiveness.
    SAND/DNA solutions include information management, CRM analytics, and
specialized applications for government, healthcare, financial services,
telecommunications, retail, transportation, and other business sectors.
    SAND Technology has offices in the United States, Canada, the United
Kingdom and Central Europe. For more information, visit http://www.sand.com .

    NOTE: SAND Technology is a registered trademark, and SAND, SAND/DNA,
SAND/DNA Access, and SAND/DNA Analytics are trademarks of SAND Technology Inc.
All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their
respective companies.

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For further information: Media, Linda Arens of SAND Technology, 
+1-650-726-7539, or pr@sand.com; or North America, UK/Western European Press, 
Denise Nelson of Ventana Public Relations, +1-925-837-6277, or 
denise.nelson@ventanapr.com, for SAND Technology; or German/Central European 
Press, Richard T. Lane of IMC International Marketing Communications, +49 61
31  / 89 13 89, or lane@imc-pr.de, for SAND Technology; or Investor Relations,
de  Jong & Associates, +1-760-943-9065, or sndt@dejong.org, for SAND
Technology Web Site: http://www.sand.com                 
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