Changing the Game for Data Warehouse Appliances

By Rich Hughes, 

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a French adage observing that the status quo has a way of retaining prominence, even in turbulent times.  New and refreshed, the IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics is still prominent in the modern data warehouse ecosystem.  On October 7, IBM announced the next generation of the original data warehouse appliance, the N3001 family, powered by Netezza technology.

The improved areas in this leading product line are:

1. Big Data and Business Intelligence capabilities

2. Expanded capacity lineup

3. Advanced security

4. Faster performance

1. Big Data and Business Intelligence Ready

The IBM® PureData™  for Analytics N3001 offers complementary software licenses to use in conjunction with the appliance.  Data integration,  reporting, analytic tools, and Hadoop  licenses make for a full service offering.  Included with an N3001 purchase are these software entitlements:

  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2.1 (five analytics users plus one analytics administrator; the IBM PureData System for Analytics N3001 appliance must be the data source).
  • IBM InfoSphere DataStage (280 PVUs), Designer Client (two concurrent users) and InfoSphere Data Click (all must work with the IBM PureData System for Analytics N3001 as the data source or target).
  • IBM InfoSphere BigInsights 3.0 (five virtual servers; the IBM PureData System for Analytics N3001 appliances must be a source or target).
  • IBM InfoSphere Streams Developer Edition 3.2.1 (developer license: two users, not for production use, must work with IBM PureData System for Analytics N3001 appliances).

2. Expanded Product Line

The IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001 expands its product offerings at both the low and high ends.  In terms of data capacity, the “mini-appliance”  N3001-001 leads the way at the low end, while the N3001-080 tops the mark with over petabyte capacity, assuming a 4X compression rate.

The IBM®  PureData™ System for Analytics N3001-001 brings the speed and simplicity of Netezza technology to small and midsize organizations for big outcomes. Available as a rack mountable appliance, the N3001-001 is a high-performance, massively parallel processing system that helps you gain insight into your data. All components are internally redundant for a robust, production-ready environment from the moment the appliance is installed, consuming only 4U slots in a rack in your data center.  The N3001-001 is different from the N3001 appliance family, in using software and server processing to emulate Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) data filtering.

In contrast and at the very top end of performance, data capacity, and workload throughput is the N3001-080, which occupies eight racks.

3. Advanced Security

The IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001 brings advanced security to your data in this insecure world. Building on the appliance simplicity model, all data is stored on self encrypting  disk (SED) drives, providing   security while not impacting performance. The protection provided by the SED implementation supports the leading industries requiring security compliance — health care, government, and the financial sectors.  This system utilizes strong authentication that prevents threats due to unauthorized access, based on the industry-standard Kerberos protocol.

4. Faster Performance

The IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001 features better performance based on hardware and software improvements.  Using upgraded IBM blades featuring faster CPU core processors and more CPU core processors per rack than the N2002, the N3001 family is able to tackle your most advanced analytic workloads.  On the software side, the Netezza Platform Software 7.2 is the latest release level for this distinguished data warehouse appliance.

More information on the IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001 family can be viewed at this LINK.  There are plenty of interesting sessions at the upcoming IBM Insights 2014 conference (October 25-30) which highlight the speed delivered with simplicity message as seen in many successful data warehouses powered by Netezza technology.  The IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001 is again changing the game for data warehouse appliances.

About Rich Hughes,

Rich Hughes is an IBM Marketing Program Manager for Data Warehousing.  Hughes has worked in a variety of Information Technology, Data Warehousing, and Big Data jobs, and has been with IBM since 2004.  Hughes earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas University, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Kansas State University.  Writing about the original Dream Team, Hughes authored a book on the 1936 US Olympic basketball team, a squad composed of oil refinery laborers and film industry stage hands. You can follow him on @rhughes134

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