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EMC today announced a new hardware appliance that offers customers the big data power of the Greenplum Database (incremented to version 4.1 as part of the announcement), tightly integrated with the high performance analytical muscle of SAS. Current solutions typically focus upon either data crunching or analytics, which makes this fusion of separately well-regarded solutions interesting for use cases from credit card fraud detection to Government data munging. The solution will ship as a hardware appliance “for now,” although the company did not rule out making all of the software pieces available without EMC’s hardware and the “secret sauce” that it adds to the mix. As the big data space becomes increasingly mature partnerships of this sort will inevitably become more common, probably appearing far sooner than developers of more bare-boned big data solutions can add capability and ease of use to their powerful but raw products.