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Kapil Sharma
Real User
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 12 2018

What is most valuable?

Being an appliance, the best features are its analytics and the performance level. The underlying hardware that IBM provides with this appliance is made for a specific purpose, to serve performance on… more»

What needs improvement?

It really serves its purpose. It meets the need for performance, it meets the need for robustness, and it also serves as a perfect data warehousing appliance. The only issue is that it's not… more»

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

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Netezza was the first one which we incorporated and started using heavily. Before that, we did test the other data warehousing technology but it was just a PoC and PoV test. In some of our business… more»

What other advice do I have?

My client is looking towards replacing Neteeza with one of the up and coming warehousing solutions like Presto. They don't want the in-house or on-prem cost of managing that particular appliance. When… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are also doing a proof of value and proof of concept for AWS and Hadoop DXC.
Real User
Senior Consultant at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 30 2018

What is most valuable?

High performance RDBMS appliance optimized for data warehousing and enterprise reporting. Very simple to manage huge volumes of data without having to worry about indexing… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reports which used to take between 30 to 60 minutes or would time out on an Oracle database, which was previously used for the enterprise DWH, now run consistently in… more»

What needs improvement?

Could do better to support more concurrent update queries. We had to stagger our ETL loads to prevent queuing of jobs and random failures. Also, it would have been good if… more»

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

From a cost per terabyte perspective, Netezza is definitely more expensive compared to Hive on Hadoop, but due to its simplicity and ANSI SQL Compliance and high… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, Oracle was used as the data warehousing platform, and performance was low and not meeting the needs of the enterprise reporting and analytic user community. My… more»

What other advice do I have?

Netezza is a great option for data warehousing, but give due attention to concurrency and find out how much would be the peak load the database may have to handle. Also… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My customer upgraded from Netezza 4.x to Twinfin 6.x.
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Thomas Starr
Real User
Lead Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The speed.

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit that we've had is, in the past with the legacy data warehouse solution, we've been limited to having just a nightly batch, running on SQL Server. It's a slower batch process, so throughout the day we would be limited to stuff that happened as of some time in the evening. So the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our IT leadership made the decision to go with Netezza before I joined the company, that decision had already been made. Prior to that we were using Microsoft SQL Server. The only thing that I was really privy to was, Netezza was chosen because of its analytical capabilities and for the ability to… more»

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor for a data warehouse solution are, obviously, the speed and the ability to handle large amounts of data. That's especially true from an analysis standpoint, and having it not only do the math and select statements but also do more aggregation and… more»
Real User
Business Intelligence Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the fact that it has been running for awhile in an appliance format. The appliance format may be the best part.

How has it helped my organization?

We're looking to get away from it, so I can't really say that it improved things. It did augment some of our product delivery resources.

What needs improvement?

There won't be another release. They're converting to DB2 and that is one of the reasons we are looking at other options. In terms of features that I would like to see, one is the ability to actually… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We're looking to switch away from Netezza because the platform database system that it runs on is no longer going to be in existence. It's moving to DB2. If it moves to that direction, the amount of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I rate Netezza at four out of 10. There is not too much involved to set one up from a customer perspective, but after the initial setup it is pretty awful on the customer support side of it. My advice… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Vertica was one of them. I looked at it recently. It has limiting factors on things like updates and deletes of data, where it has performance issues. That's a big problem for us.
Reviewer232198
Real User
Database Admin. Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* It is hands-off when everything works well. * We are able to execute very complex queries. * It has good performance.

How has it helped my organization?

Over 90 percent of our query executions are one second or less. We do millions of queries everyday.

What needs improvement?

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.

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

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. I believe that's why it is so… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using Oracle Database. We switched for performance reasons and running complex queries. Compared to Oracle, Netezza has superior performance.

What other advice do I have?

Get the requirements and have them finalized. Then, be very specific about the requirements that your organization needs. Based upon your requirements: * Identify whether… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at some other analytics platforms a few years back. We are now looking at solutions due to scalability, such as: Db2 Warehouse, Exadata, Teradata, and Yellow… more»
Real User
Senior Manager - Data Quality and Governance with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The performance is most important to me, and it helps our ability to make business decisions quickly.

What needs improvement?

They should make it work better in a multi-user context. This solution works, but not for the workload we have.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had Teradata before, and I am not really sure why we switched.

What other advice do I have?

Based on first conception, do a POC, scale up to the volumes and get the vendor to prove that it can work with their requirements. Get them to scale it up, either simulate it, make sure it can actually do what it says, rather than buying beta and then get it and then find out that it doesn't… more»
Real User
Data Warehouse Architect at a consultancy
Mar 14 2018

What do you think of Netezza?

What is our primary use case?

We use Netezza and Teradata in our project environment where I work as an admin and data modeler.

What is most valuable?

Distribution concurrency control.

What needs improvement?

Concurrency limit needs to be increased somewhat.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Great stability in Netazza's Mako.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As of now, no issues with scalability. But like Teradata, we can’t add a node/SPU to the existing appliance.

How is customer service and technical support?

I work with IBM PDA support. They are wonderful and fix issues in good time.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used Teradata for Data Mart for…
Kumar V
Real User
Director with 11-50 employees
Mar 04 2019

What do you think of Netezza?

What is our primary use case?

Our use case is, we use Netezza as a data warehouse and for analytics.  

How has it helped my organization?

We have sub-second query performance, and users are happy with the product.

What is most valuable?

Row-secure tables, IBM Fluid Query, and others.

What needs improvement?

This is an appliance-based product with limited capability. It has all the horse-power that one can imagine and can handle all workloads.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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What is Netezza?

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.
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