Netezza

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Netezza
Subsidiary of IBM
Industry Data Warehousing
Founded 1999
Headquarters Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Products Data Warehouse Appliance
Integrated Data Warehouse Hardware and Software
Professional Services
Customer Services
Revenue Increase US$190.6 million (FY 2010)
Number of employees
469 (2010)[1]
Website www.netezza.com

IBM Netezza (pronounced Ne-Tease-Ah) designs and markets high-performance data warehouse appliances and advanced analytics applications for uses including enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence, predictive analytics and business continuity planning.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ) on September 20, 2010 announced they entered into a definitive agreement for IBM (advised by Eric Mandl & John Metzger) to acquire Netezza. Netezza is a subsidary of IBM.[2]

History[edit]

Netezza was founded in 1999 by Foster Hinshaw. In 2000 Jit Saxena joined Hinshaw as co-founder. The company was incorporated in Delaware on December 30, 1999 as Intelligent Data Engines, Inc. and changed its name to Netezza Corporation in November 2000. Netezza announced the industry's first "data warehouse appliance" in 2003[3] to meet the industry's need to make use of the rapidly increasing ability to collect consumer data. In July 2007, Netezza Corporation had its initial public offering under the ticker “NZ” on NYSE Arca.[4][5]

Hinshaw coined the term "data warehouse appliance"[6][7] to describe a new architecture of shared nothing parallel nodes specifically targeted for high data volumes for modern data analytics.

Netezza is based on PostgreSQL 7.2,[8] but does not maintain compatibility.

Jim Baum was appointed CEO of Netezza in January, 2008 after co-founder Jit Saxena announced his retirement. Baum started at Netezza as COO in 2006. Prior to joining Netezza, Baum was president and CEO of Endeca in Boston for five years.[9][10]

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ) on September 20, 2010 announced they entered into a definitive agreement for IBM (advised by Eric Mandl & John Metzger) to acquire Netezza in a cash transaction at a price of $27 per share or at a net price of approximately $1.7 billion, after adjusting for cash.[11]

Products[edit]

TwinFin, Netezza’s primary product, is designed for rapid analysis of data volumes scaling into petabytes. The company introduced the 4th generation of the TwinFin product in August 2009.[1] Netezza introduced a scaled-down version of this appliance under the Skimmer brand in January 2010.[12]

In February 2010, Netezza announced that it had opened up its systems to support major programming models, including Hadoop, MapReduce, Java, C++, and Python models. Netezza's partners predicted to leverage this analytic application support are Tibco Spotfire, MicroStrategy, Pursway, DemandTec and QuantiSense.[13]

The company also markets specialized appliances for retail, spatial, complex analytics and regulatory compliance needs. Netezza additionally sells software-based products for migrating from Oracle Exadata and for implementing data virtualization and federation (data abstraction) schemes.

The Netezza appliance also is the foundation of IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA).[14]

Technology[edit]

Netezza’s proprietary AMPP (Asymmetric Massively Parallel Processing) architecture is a two-tiered system designed to quickly handle very large queries from multiple users.

The first tier is a high-performance Linux SMP host that compiles data query tasks received from business intelligence applications, and generates query execution plans. It then divides a query into a sequence of sub-tasks, or snippets that can be executed in parallel, and distributes the snippets to the second tier for execution.

The second tier consists of one to hundreds of snippet processing blades, or S-Blades, where all the primary processing work of the appliance is executed. The S-Blades are intelligent processing nodes that make up the massively parallel processing (MPP) engine of the appliance. Each S-Blade is an independent server that contains multi-core Intel-based CPUs and Netezza’s proprietary multi-engine, high-throughput FPGAs. The S-Blade is composed of a standard blade-server combined with a special Netezza Database Accelerator card that snaps alongside the blade. Each S-Blade is, in turn, connected to multiple disk drives processing multiple data streams in parallel in TwinFin or Skimmer.

AMPP employs industry-standard interfaces (SQL, ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB) and provides load times in excess of 2 TB/hour and backup/restore data rates of more than 4 TB/hour.

In 2009, the company transitioned from PowerPC processors to Intel CPUs.[15] In August, 2009, with the introduction of the 4th generation TwinFin product, Netezza moved from proprietary blades to IBM blades.[16]

Competition[edit]

Netezza’s main competitors include Oracle Exadata and Teradata, as well as Microsoft, Sybase IQ, Infobright's Infopliance, Vertica, Aster Data Systems and Greenplum.[17]

Recognition & Criticism[edit]

Netezza was added to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for DBMS in January, 2009.[18]

Netezza was mentioned in "The Spy Files", released by the controversial whistleblower organization WikiLeaks. The file claims Netezza bought a copy of The Geospatial Toolkit, a location-based analytic software from The Intelligent Integration Systems, Inc., "allegedly reverse engineered the code and sold a hacked version to the Central Intelligence Agency for use in remotely piloted drone aircraft". It goes on to state, "IISI, which says that the software could be wrong by a distance of up to 40 feet, sued Netezza to prevent the use of this software. Company founder Rich Zimmerman stated in court that his 'reaction was one of stun, amazement that they (CIA) want to kill people with my software that doesn’t work.'"[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Netezza's TwinFin fuels profit surge," "Between the Lines," ZDNet Blog, August 27, 2010
  2. ^ "IBM to Acquire Netezza," IBM Press Release, September 20, 2010
  3. ^ "Netezza Performance Server (NPS™) 8000 Series". Product web page. Netezza. Archived from the original on June 4, 2003. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ SEC filing on EDGAR database
  5. ^ TheRegister.co.uk article about the IPO
  6. ^ Infostor » Introducing 'data warehouse appliances'
  7. ^ TDWI » Still Another Data Warehouse Appliance Is Coming!
  8. ^ Information about PostgreSQL history of Netezza, slide 44
  9. ^ "Netezza CEO Baum guides data storage firm through downturn," "Mass High Tech," August 30, 2010
  10. ^ "NETEZZA NAMES JIM BAUM PRESIDENT AND COO" (Press release). Netezza. August 1, 2006. 
  11. ^ "IBM to Acquire Netezza," IBM Press Release, September 20, 2010
  12. ^ "Netezza launches Skimmer data appliance, teases two more," January 25, 2010
  13. ^ Netezza Opens up on Analytics
  14. ^ "IBM - DB2 High Performance Query Accelerator - DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS - Software". 01.ibm.com. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Netezza Is Changing its Hardware Architecture, Slashing Prices," "Intelligent Enterprise," July 31, 2009
  16. ^ "Netezza Pursues Broader Customer Base with Cheaper Data Storage Technology," "Xconomy," July 31, 2009
  17. ^ "Will EMC, Greenplum Acquisition Spark Data Warehouse Consolidation?," "eWeek," July 7, 2010
  18. ^ "Gartner’s 2008 data warehouse database management system Magic Quadrant is out," "DBMS2," January 12, 2009
  19. ^ "The Spy files". Wikileaks. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 

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