Entries by Nirav Valia

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Snowflake: A Modern Cloud-Based SQL Data Warehouse

With the maturing and ever increasing acceptance of the cloud across multiple industries and the data gravity gradually moving to the cloud, i.e. more data being generated in the cloud, we are seeing some interesting cloud-based data and analytics platforms offering unique capabilities. Some of these platforms could be disruptive to the established market leaders […]

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Do You Have a Big Data Problem?

By now, we’ve all heard the V3 definition for Big Data maybe a million times: Volume (Size of Data), Variety (Type of Data) and Velocity (Frequency of Data) with Veracity (Accuracy of Derived Insights) thrown in as an extra sometimes. The issue is that this all-too-common definition has caused some confusion in organizations around who […]

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Netezza – Design Best Practices & Guidelines

Today’s big data challenges for both transactions and analytics are increasing demands on data systems. Traditional data warehouses sometimes struggle as they are often NOT designed to meet the demands of advanced analytics on big data. That’s where solutions like Netezza come in. IBM PureData for Analytics (formerly Netezza) is a data warehouse appliance that […]

IBM Netezza: The Importance of Data Distribution for Optimal Performance

What is Netezza? Netezza is a dedicated data warehouse appliance that uses a proprietary architecture called Asymmetric Massively Parallel Processing (AMPP) that combines open blade-based servers and disk storage with a proprietary data filtering process using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Netezza integrates a database, server, and storage, which are all interconnected by a powerful network […]