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Rick Barton

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am delighted to blog for the BeyeNETWORK, and I'm really looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts with you. My main focus will be data integration, although I don't plan to restrict myself just to this topic. Data integration is a very exciting space at the moment, and there is a lot to blog about. But there is also a big, wide IT and business world out there that I'd like to delve into when it seems relevant. I hope this blog will stimulate, occasionally educate and, who knows, possibly even entertain. In turn, I wish to expand my own knowledge and hope to achieve this through feedback from you, the community, so if you can spare the time please do get involved. Rick

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Rick is the director (and founder) at edexe. He has more than 20 years of IT delivery experience, ranging from complex technical development through to strategic DI consultancy for FTSE 100 companies. With more than 10 years of DI experience from hands-on development to architecture and consulting and everything in between, Rick’s particular passion is how to successfully adopt and leverage DI tools within an enterprise setting. Rick can be contacted directly at

I'm back off my holidays and feeling very refreshed and raring to go.  I'd like to say thanks to Phil for covering for me and will be following on from his theme in a later blog.  (For those following; I know I have made a promise such as this before in a blog about warehouse delivery times and haven't yet, but please hang on in there.  It is on my guilt list and due soon!).

Anyway on to the business at hand,  I had the pleasure of attending the Enzee Universe in London last week.  It was a fabulous affair and the new twin fin appliance was unveiled.  With twin fin Netezza have again raised the bar from the price/performance perspective.


Although I have only had a brief overview of the new architecture the key difference is the move to commodity hardware in the form of Intel based blades, making the technology much more approachable.  The FPGA technology is still present thus retaining Netezza's "secret ingredient" and one of the key components that deliver the outstanding performance.


Netezza have also been busy building a set of "on the box" match ups with other vendors and one I am particularly enamoured of is the new KONA platform.  KONA is a marriage of Kalido and Netezza and for anyone considering a new warehouse or re-architecting a legacy platform this is very much worth a look.  Kalido's ease of set up and long term maintenance and Netezza's performance is a potent mix indeed.   It is in effect a whole data warehouse in a single box which is very attractive prospect from a management perspective.  At the moment this offering is geared towards specific verticals, however I would anticipate it being opened out in time.


So all in all a great day and once again Netezza are continuing to demonstrate the forward thinking that has made them the market leader in appliance technologies.

Posted September 28, 2009 2:18 PM
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