IBM Netezza Performance Server Review

​We now have a single store of critical business metrics in the investment bank.

What is most valuable?

  • Distributed querying
  • Seamless concurrency
  • Fast loading
  • High velocity analytics

How has it helped my organization?

We now have a single store of critical business metrics in the investment bank.

What needs improvement?

The query optimization is crap, and the machine could use more alerting around bad design and bad queries.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for four and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Releases from IBM are poorly tested, but once they work once, they’re stable – i.e., the machine only goes down immediately after an upgrade.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is fixed. It’s big, but not at all scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Moderate. IBM is really good at communicating to us that they take our problems seriously, but they don’t seem to fix them very quickly.

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

We were saddled with this.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in house. My advice would be to follow the tool, and not try to force a schema designed for another system on it.

What was our ROI?

We have no ROI. We’re a cost center.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were looked at.

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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