Netezza Analytics Review

RDBMS appliance scalable upto PetaBytes

What is most valuable?

Its query performance and speed.

How has it helped my organization?

Earlier there was high latency to query extraction but Netezza has improved the speed for all OLAP operations. This has helped the organization to get the business answers right on time.

What needs improvement?

  • Matching up with big data.
  • Netezza has been built only for OLAP and structured data, and I think IBM must do something to match it to Hadoop scalability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There’s only been one, where data slices were corrupted soon after the deployment but IBM has fixed it in a perfect manner.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn’t have many scalability issues, except when it touches the PB storage data and we need to move it to external storage. Netezzas’ highest model storage capacity is 1.2 PB.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Great, 8/10.

Technical Support:

Great, 8/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have previously used Microsoft SQL server, but we switched because our business wants fast and reliable appliance like Netezza. Although MS SQL server is reliable but Netezza is known for it's MPP and performance when compared to other RDBMS appliances.

How was the initial setup?


What about the implementation team?

An IBM team deployed it for us, and they were 9/10.

What was our ROI?

Business questions are answered much quicker than what we use to do it earlier.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The Netezza appliance is bit costly for a mid-sized organization but highly effective on the performance side and for structured data.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Oracle and SQL Server.

What other advice do I have?

I don’t want to be biased but it all depends on the business requirement because there are many models for it, which range from 7.8 TB to 1.2 PB (uncompressed). If the business has done a feasibility check on Netezza for their scalability plus the growth and they found it to be within their estimates then I would suggest that they have taken off from the right runway.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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