Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to Calculate Data Warehouse Reliability

Very good article on "How to Calculate Data Warehouse Reliability" by Ashok Nayak. He makes the point that even if every stage in your data warehouse processing has 90%+ reliability, your DW as a whole might only have 70 or 80% reliability. Conventional thinking leads us to believe that every stage is like a link in a chain (where the chain is only as strong as its weakest link), but he concludes that it's much worse than that, that processes P1, P2, and P3, with independent reliabilities R1, R2, and R3, respectively, is not MIN(R1, R2, R3), but is actually R1 * R2 * R3.

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