Hadoop & Netezza: Synergy in Data Analytics - PART 2

July 22, 2010
I mentioned in my previous post that Netezza is excited about our partnership with Cloudera and Hadoop because we’ve already seen some of our customers benefit from the synergy of Hadoop and Netezza TwinFin™ technologies working together. As I noted, these types of strategies play to the strengths of both technologies and roughly break down into two categories: 1) the use of a Hadoop Cluster for data ingestion, and 2) using a Hadoop Cluster for long-term data retention, which I’m addressing today. Read More

Hadoop & Netezza: Synergy in Data Analytics Results in New Customer Deployment Trends - PART 1

July 20, 2010
Two things before I begin: I’ll begin this posting with a call for inputs. Below I will list a few of the most common Hadoop/Netezza co-existence deployment patterns we have seen to date. But I would like to hear from others. As you see the continuing deployment of Hadoop in the enterprise and as the Second Wave of TwinFin™ comes on with the advanced analytics capabilities of i-Class, how do you see the evolving deployment patterns happening in your environment? A special hat-tip to Krishnan Parasuraman, Netezza’s Chief Architect for our Digital Media group, for his excellent help in aiding and abetting this post! I have used his guidance gratefully and (with his permission) stolen freely from some of his inputs. You may have noticed a partnership announcement made by Cloudera and Netezza late last week. Together with Cloudera, Netezza will open up data movement and transformation between Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop and the Netezza family of appliances applications and data flows for integration of the two systems. We expect that our partnership with Cloudera, together with the Hadoop support in Netezza’s i-Class™ set of advanced analytics capabilities that are included as part of the upcoming release 6.0 software release, will lead to some very innovative and expansive applications for our customers and for both companies. Read More

A Seriously Happy Customer Exposes a Common Dilemma

June 7, 2010
"I cannot imagine life without Netezza." – from a tweet by "noogle" (Twitter, 11 May 2010) Late in May, members of my team and I were in Tokyo's ultra-bustling Shibuya district for a few days on our "worldwide whirlwind training tour" with the global field sales teams regarding the details of the TwinFin i-Class product offering. The late-night scene, hairstyles and outfits there border on the outrageously-hip. There are high-def billboards, electronic gadgets, and of course the bright lights of retailers, bars, clubs and restaurants all through Shibuya. Advances in high technology are virtually 2nd nature to the people there. So with that as the backdrop, imagine the surprise of hearing over a beer or two (see earlier reference to bars & clubs in Shibuya) that a customer "could not live without Netezza".   Read More

Big Data and a Big Dinner

May 31, 2010
The big event for me last week was introductory training in TwinFin i-Class. What is does is explained in the link, what was most interesting for me was the discussion at dinner afterwards. I’m still learning the technology and the products, but the business case for what we’re doing just seemed so obvious to me right from the start. It starts with, but goes way beyond what Netezza insiders call the ‘speed and feed’ story. Speed and feed just means feed the Netezza box your data and it will deliver greater speed than your existing warehouse infrastructure. The key question then is what do you do with all that speed? Read More

This Past Year and the One Ahead of Us

May 18, 2010
Our annual reports were mailed out last week. Writing the letter for  the report gave me a good opportunity to reflect on this past year and  the one ahead of us. Fiscal year 2010 was a defining  moment for Netezza. Against a challenging economic backdrop, we  successfully launched the Netezza®  TwinFin™ appliance – our most significant product line introduction  to date. We dramatically extended our price/performance and simplicity  advantage, reminding the industry of the impact we’ve had in our brief  history. We developed significant new distribution channels, including  NEC in the fast-growing Asian markets, and we held our largest user  conference ever. Unlike many companies in our space, we continued to  invest in our products and our people to strongly position Netezza for  the anticipated economic recovery. We ended the fiscal year better  positioned than ever and while we remain cautious about the economy, we  can’t help but be excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. Read More

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: nzLabs

May 17, 2010
"Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research." – Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), French poet, novelist and co-founder of 'Ouvroir de littérature potentielle." A bit of “letting the cat out of the bag” here today. Coming soon to a blog near you is the public surfacing of nzLabs by Netezza, headed up by our CTO Justin Lindsey. The nzLabs team has been the primary driver for the TwinFin i-Class which Netezza announced back in February. As we head toward our Enzee Universe annual user conference in Boston starting on 21st June, Justin and his team are launching a website and blog to provide insights, information and opinions about the technology side of industry and the directions being taken. Read More

A "FUD-machine" in Overdrive?

August 4, 2009
A loyal customer alerted us toan Oracle blog by Jean-Pierre Dijcks earlier today that showed the Oracle FUD machine is fully revved-up and ready to go. I'd like to offer a rebuttal, however in the interest of not intruding on Jean-Pierre's entry with an overly-long comment, I've just put a short response on his blog post with a pointer to this one. Misconceptions and Misunderstandings, or Errors and Plain-old FUD? I’m writing to correct *just a few* of the misconceptions about what is really important in high-performance, scalable data warehouse systems, errors, or just plain-old pure “competitive FUD” points from Jean-Pierre's posting earlier today. We certainly have posted some information recently about the TwinFin product and Curt Monash’s postings late Thursday provided more info. If his readers are interested in learning more, or even signing up for a “Test Drive”, they should visit Read More

Shooting the Curl in San Diego

August 4, 2009
"You stay classy, San Diego." -- Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in "Anchorman" (2004) This morning a few others from the Netezza Marketing and Product Management teams and I are ensconced by the Marina in sunny San Diego, CA for the TDWI World Conference and for an news announcement or two. And who better to bring us "Breaking News!" than the Number 1 newsman in all of San Diego, Ron Burgundy. [For those of you who might have been "hoping for more" from Ron in a quote about San Diego, you can check out the IMDB database for some great ones, including Ron's own historical (and hysterical) etymology for the city's name.] Read More