My 2 Cents: Netezza 1Q2013

Since my blogs tend to be in response to some stimulus they may not reflect a holistic view on any particular product. The “My 2 Cents” series will try to provide a broader view… Please consider this as you read on… Summary Netezza put a new spin on data warehousing… they made it easy. The Netezza software…

Netezza Workload Management

@henryccook made an interesting point regarding Netezza workload management this morning… He suggested that once a SPU is engaged by a snippet the work must be completed before another snippet can start. To say this another way…  a SPU has no OS and cannot save context for a snippet and start another… then return. If…

30+ Year Old Database Architecture: DB2, Oracle, Postgres, Teradata, Sybase, and More…

As you look at the enterprise RDBMS marketplace today you will find something shocking… almost every product in the market is built based on designs and concepts that are over thirty years old. IBM’s System R grew into DB2 and influenced Oracle before 1980. Ingres, developed before 1980, became Postgres which became Netezza and Greenplum…

The Worst Data Warehouse in the World

So far this blog has focused on issues related to database architecture… so this title might not seem on message. But architecture has implications. The aim of any BI system is to support the decision-making process of the business. BI infrastructure is clearly a success when your company learns to make fact-based decisions as part…

Co-processors and database machines: Intel, Netezza, and Teradata

Intel recently announced a change in direction regarding the use of special hardware co-processing to support RAID. This change is relevant to vendors of data warehouse appliances like Netezza, and to a smaller extent, Teradata, who both use co-processors to offload processing. A report on the Intel announcement is here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/15/sas_in_patsburg/ . In short, Intel says that…