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IBM Netezza - IBM PureData System for Analytics
IBM Netezza - PureData System for Analytics
Data analytics is becoming increasingly more important in the way companies conduct their business nowadays, and the need for increased processing power and storage is equally growing. Systems should be able to handle massive amounts of data, preferably with a minimum amount of maintenance. Data warehouse appliances answer this need of companies, as they can store and process these data flows and are delivered with integrated smart management systems, resulting in a low TCO and increased scalability.
IBM have been a leading provider for these kind of
technologies, and have always endeavoured to produce the newest and most
performant hard- and software on the market. In 2010, IBM purchased Netezza, a
company founded in 1999 that focused on producing data ware house appliances,
to fit in their Big Data roadmap for the years to come. Netezza appliances were
considered to be among the top players in this field, catering for the need to
handle intense data workloads that today’s analytical software solutions
Recently IBM rebranded Netezza as part of the PureData systems
offering, and the offering is now called IBM PureData System for Analytics.
It is important to understand what makes Netezza so
performant as an appliance. It all comes down to the AMPP (Asymmetrical Massive
Parallel Processing) engine that resides under the hood. At the heart of
Netezza lies a high-performance Linux host, which is distributing the queries
received from the BI front-end applications among several nodes. These nodes
are so-called S-Blades, which can be seen as small individual servers, who each
have their own processors and processing capabilities, along with a database
accelerator. Netezza also uses IBM’s patented data filtering using Field
Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). There are several versions of Netezza, and
depending on the version the amount of S-Blades can vary between one and
several hundreds. If more computing power is required, more S-Blades can be
added to the system if there is still room available in the rack. This allows
for a highly scalable solution, which can grow progressively if needed. The
storage is covered by multiple disk drives, so that multiple data streams can be
processed in parallel. Through this architecture, Netezza can deliver 10 to 100
times the query performance of traditional DWH systems. And as an easy-to-use
appliance, the system delivers these exceptional results out of the box, with
no indexing or performance tuning required.
Even -normally time-consuming- tasks such as installation, handling upgrades, and ensuring high availability and business continuity are vastly simplified, saving time and resources. The Netezza platform allows you and your company to make decisions with maximum clarity while taking performance for granted. While Netezza has built itself on delivering data warehouse appliances, it's the output of those appliances—the business analytics and their insights and ideas and discoveries—that reflect the real potential of IBM Netezza.
element61 can help you understand the potential of IBM Netezza for your company. We can help design your data warehouse in such a way that it makes use of the full potential of the data warehouse appliance and where needed migrate from your existing environments.
Contact us for more information on IBM Netezza or our service offerings in this area.