October 4, 2006

Philip Howard on Netezza

Philip Howard has published a write-up based on Netezza’s user conference, entertaininly mixing fantasy and reality in his usual manner. Notably, he confuses Netezza’s zone maps, which are basically a very limited form of range partitioning, with something that can substitute for real indices. And the mind boggles at his implication that Netezza has neglected the FPGA in its overall market messaging. More understandable is his regurgitation of Netezza’s claims about heat and power, but although I must confess to not having checked either side’s arithmetic, I find Stuart Frost’s rebuttal in the comments to this thread pretty interesting.

But little nits like that aside — yeah, he went to the same conference I did. 😉


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