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 week, 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:
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.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...