January 25, 2010

Netezza Skimmer

As I previously complained, last week wasn’t a very convenient time for me to have briefings. So when Netezza emailed to say it would release its new entry-level Skimmer appliance this morning, while I asked for and got a Friday afternoon briefing, I kept it quick and basic.

That said, highlights of my Netezza Skimmer briefing included:

Obviously, Netezza Skimmer isn’t breaking any new technical ground. If Netezza had just called Skimmer “TwinFin 1,” nobody should have objected. So the main news here is that you can buy a Netezza box for $125K, plug it in, load a few terabytes of data, and be good to go with a pretty solid data warehouse.  For enterprises and data mart outsourcers with databases of the appropriate size, that could be a pretty attractive deal.

Is Netezza Skimmer as cheap as buying your own hardware and putting (free) Greenplum Single-Node Edition software on it? Not even close, especially since Greenplum’s free option limits you to lower overall compute power. Does Netezza Skimmer have as high availability as more expensive alternatives? In some cases, surely not. Skimmer is neither the cheapest thing around nor an utterly high-end product.

But Netezza Skimmer belongs on a lot of short lists even so.

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2 Responses to “Netezza Skimmer”

  1. Vlad on February 3rd, 2010 4:04 am

    That’s nice. 125K for low end appliance? There is a lot of space for would be new Teradatas/Netezzas on the market, I think.

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