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The performance is most important to me, and it helps our ability to make business decisions quickly.
We are able to execute very complex queries. Over 90 percent of our query executions are one second or less. We do millions of queries everyday.
The underlying hardware that IBM provides with this appliance is made for a specific purpose, to serve performance on a large amount of data, and to do analytics as well. It is faster, when you compare it to any other product.
The most valuable feature would be the fact that it has been running for awhile in an appliance format.
The benefit is really because of the additional speed that we have and, truth be told, the more updated ETL processes and the revamped scheduler in general.
The data governance prospect... from what I've seen, that is a really powerful tool as well, to help with data lineage and keeping track of that.
Distribution concurrency control.
It is one of the most stable relational databases out there.
I have experience with this product for many years. I never have problems with it. It can handle a PC, and it can also handle huge data. It is fast and efficient.
This solution has proven stability and operational power.
Tuning Advisor suggests where to add indexes and from where to remove them. It works like an adviser.
SQL Server Profiler makes finding and debugging easy.
I use it to fine tune my procedures and functions.
Enables us to convert to bigger DBs and more easily move or upgrade between branches.
Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes. The ease in which you may mold a process flow or even modularly add in new structures is something which is much needed in my job.
The scalability is not as expected. The capacity in the black box is not enough.
Our main problem with it is concurrency. When there are too many users running Netezza at the same time, this is when we have the most complaints.
We are not able to scale. The only way to scale is to get another appliance, but we have a customers who would need us to hydrate the data between the two appliances, and Netezza does not do that.
The only issue is that it's not expandable.
In terms of features that I would like to see, one is the ability to actually scale out an architecture. Right now, if you buy one, it's fixed. There is no scale-up availability at all.
Concurrency limit needs to be increased somewhat.
LIke Teradata, we can’t add a node/SPU to the existing appliance.
I would like to see native plugins built for other platforms versus having to buy third-party plugins to tap into S3 buckets and AWS Cloud. Right now, it does not have those built-in plugins.
It would be nice if there was a feature to search for a specific value across multiple tables. This would save a lot of time for its users.
Improvements to the indexing, columnstore indexing, and high availability groups are good improvements for future versions.
Third-party services from Redgate should be built-in to it, like SQL Search.
Debugging from the debugger tool functionality should be enhanced.
From a DB administrator perspective, I would like to see more space requirements and space capacity history, so that we are able to see which DBs are growing, and by how much per day or week.
An area for improvement would be the SQL Server process monitoring, which is quite basic and could sustain more information.
The only item which I can list is application failure during Integration Services debugging, when restarting a process flow. In a number of instances the solutions fails. I have not given this much thought and simply stop and start the debugging service rather than restarting.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is very expensive. It has a lot CPUs with a lot of components in it. It also has built-in redundancy for resiliency reasons.
Netezza is a costly solution. It does serve a specific purpose but it's costlier than what's available in the market, if you go to the cloud.
It is expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Since we are a cloud-based company, there is AWS pricing on top of the SQL Server pricing. The Enterprise Edition can typically sell from around $1000 dollars a month, which is not cheap. Then, there is an additional one-time Windows cost, based on the code, which can go anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 for the license.
The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.
My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server.
The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive.
This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products.
Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software).
We are a Microsoft shop, so we use Active Directory. That integrates well with this product, but we did look at Oracle. We also looked at IBM. This was the best price point for us for what we were getting.
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|Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL|
|IBM Netezza appliances are now part of IBM PureSystems - expert integrated systems with built in expertise, integration by design and a simplified user experience. Part of the PureData family, the Netezza appliance is now known as the PureData System for Analytics. It has the same key design tenets of simplicity, speed, scalability and analytics power that was fundamental to Netezza appliances.|
SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.
Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.
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