SPSS scales its data analysis software to the server level

SPSS scales its data analysis software to the server level

New version runs under NT, with Unix versions planned; company also releases Clementine Server

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

SPSS Clementine Server, running on servers rather than clients, can distribute a worker's data-mining process through the optional Clementine Solution Publisher.

SPSS Inc. of Chicago has designed scalable, server-based versions of its data analysis and mining software that has run for years on agencies' desktop computers.

Russ McNeilly, a senior marketing manager, said the server version of SPSS 10.0 will speed analysis that draws from large databases and other enterprise applications.

SPSS Server 10.0 has a new data editor, McNeilly said. Its Extensible Markup Language export capability lets analysts distribute their results easily to the Web or intranets. The software has a direct interface to Microsoft Excel and less stringent file-size limitations than previous releases of SPSS.

Initially SPSS Server 10.0 runs only on Microsoft Windows NT platforms, although versions are planned for IBM AIX and AS/400, SunSoft Solaris and Hewlett-Packard HP-UX. The NT version for a single-CPU server costs $9,990.

The company also released Clementine Server, a distributed-architecture middleware version of its Clementine data-mining software. It processes network-intensive operations on servers instead of client machines.

Clementine Server was designed to share data without slowing down the network, McNeilly said. Its client interface resembles that of the desktop Clementine version, but the server version handles large data sets more efficiently. With the optional Clementine Solution Publisher, users can post their data-mining process as C code.

Clementine Server initially is only for NT and Solaris platforms; other Unix versions will appear late this year. System requirements are 128M of RAM and 20M of available storage on servers, and 64M of RAM and 80M of storage on clients.

Clementine Server costs $45,454 on General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule for a perpetual server license, SPSS spokesman Todd Vura said. Each client license costs $4,545 for one to five seats. Six or more seats cost $1,817 each.

Contact SPSS at 800-543-2185.

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