Phil Francisco of Netezza checked in tonight with some news that will be embargoed for a few hours. While I had him on the phone anyway, I asked him about large databases and/or enterprise data warehouses. Highlights included:
- Netezza has one customer with 200 TB of user data. The name is confidential (but he told me who it was).
- Netezza has sold 15 or so of its NPS 10-800s, which are rated at 100 TB capacity.
- The second-largest database in production on Netezza is probably 80 TB or so at Catalina Marketing, which has been a Netezza early adopter all along.
- Netezza’s biggest users typically have a handful (literally — off the top of his head, Phil said “4 to 6″) of applications, each with its own primary set of fact tables.
- Each application-specific set of fact tables in such big-honking-data-mart installations is usually either of cardinality one, or else a small set sharing a common hash key.
- Phil insists Netezza isn’t exaggerating when it claims to have true enterprise data warehouse installations. What he means by an EDW is something that is an enterprise’s primary data warehouse, is used by lots of departments, draws data from lots of sources, has loads going on at various points during the day, and has 100s if not 1000s of total users.
- Netezza’s biggest EDW has about 30 TB of user data. Phil wouldn’t tell me the name of that customer.