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Curt Monash has been an industry, product, and/or stock analyst since 1981, specializing in the areas of database management, application development tools, online services, and analytic technologies
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posted in July 2009

Netezza Is Changing its Hardware Architecture, Slashing Prices

7/31/2009
Netezza is about to make its biggest product announcement in years, cutting prices to less than $20K/terabyte of user data, replacing its PowerPC chips with Intel-based IBM blades and making substantial changes in how data flows between the various parts of a Netezza node for a claimed 10-15X increase in price-performance...

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Initial reactions to IBM acquiring SPSS

7/29/2009
One notable point is that SPSS is more SQL-oriented than SAS. Thus, SPSS has gotten performance benefits from Oracle's in-database data mining technology that SAS apparently hasn't... IBM's done a good job of keeping its acquired products working well with Oracle and other competitive DBMS in the past, and SPSS will surely be no exception.

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Update on Microsoft's Madison and Fast Track Data Warehouse Products

7/17/2009
Microsoft Madison availability remains scheduled for the first half of 2010. Tangible progress includes a few customer commitments of various sorts, including one outright planned purchase. At the moment various Microsoft Madison technology "previews" are going on, which seem to amount to proofs-of-concept that...

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Hasso Plattner Calls for In-Memory OLTP Column Stores

7/8/2009
The approach Plattner advocates is an MPP in-memory column store, presumably somewhat akin to SAP's frequently renamed Business Warehouse Accelerator/Business Intelligence Accelerator/BWA/BIA/Son-of-TREX technology. There also are strong similarities to the MPP in-memory row store project H-Store/VoltDB...

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