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As you’ve seen in some of our previous articles about the financial services industry, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to enable financial services firms to gain new customers and provide accurate investment advice.  What matters most, though, is that the technology powering all the fund transactions, client correspondence, market analytics, and sales strategies remains reliable and responsive on a daily basis. Read more

The modern data landscape is so much more diverse than it was in the past, and the modern data warehouse needs to increase its flexibility to keep up. In the modern warehouse, it’s not enough to just source all the data; it’s equally important to source all data types as well. Data professionals need to derive insights from various systems of engagement (social media, mobile), systems of record (ERP systems, CRM systems, databases), and the Internet of Things, which means sourcing unstructured, semi-structured and structured data. These needs are driving a rapid evolution away from the familiar enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and toward a new, more flexible solution: the logical data warehouse (LDW). Read more

On May 12th, Ironside hosted an IBM PureData for Analytics (Netezza) in the Cloud vs. DashDB webinar, during which our industry experts provided their insights into these two powerful information management solutions. Read more

Ironside Recognized as 2015 IBM Beacon Award Finalist for Outstanding Information Management Solution

This year, Ironside received the high honor of being placed among the finalists for IBM’s prestigious Beacon Award in the category of Outstanding Information Management solution. The accolade displays IBM’s recognition of an unprecedented and groundbreaking project for one of Ironside’s top clients that included an end-to-end enterprise information management architecture that was entirely cloud-based. Additionally, and in partnership with IBM SoftLayer, Ironside  envisioned and executed on a never-before-seen cloud implementation that allowed the client to leverage the unparalleled power of an IBM PureData for Analytics  infrastructure without having to bring it onsite.  PureData for Analytics, more commonly known in the industry as Netezza, is one of the most robust and sophisticated data warehouses currently on the market. Now that we’ve set the stage, let’s take a deeper look into how Ironside is making Netezza more easily available than ever before. Read more

Netezza on cloudIronside is excited to announce a ground breaking new solution for organizations wanting to leverage their analytics workload-optimized PureData for Analytics / Netezza appliance in conjunction with rest of their virtualized private cloud analytics architecture. Ironside’s IBM PureData for Analytics (PDA) for Cloud offering solves all of the major hurdles for connecting your physical big data appliance with your virtual cloud infrastructure: management and communications bandwidth and latency. Ironside is now uniquely able to provide hosting and management of your appliance in conjunction with direct, private, and secure network connectivity back to IBM SoftLayer or other major cloud providers. This means you can host your entire analytics architecture in the cloud and still take advantage of the massive benefits that a physical appliance provides in this application. Read more

Many are looking to IBM Puredata System for Analytics (Netezza) but are unsure of the complexity of implementation. Is it a lift and shift? Is there redevelopment involved? The focus of this article is to describe the process for migrating from Oracle. At a high level this process is the same when migrating from other RDBMS but every RDBMS has its own nuances that should be taken into consideration. Read more

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 has a purpose-built analytics engine and an integrated database, server, and storage. With simple deployment, out-of-the-box optimization, no tuning, and minimal ongoing maintenance, the IBM Netezza data warehouse appliance has the industry’s fastest time-to-value and lowest total cost of-ownership. Read more

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 fabric into a single, easy to manage system that requires minimal set-up and ongoing administration, leading to shorter deployment cycles and faster time to value for business analytics. Read more

Predictive Analytics 101

Business intelligence focuses on the identification and understanding of events that happened in the past; that is “what’s happened?” and “why has it happened?” Business imperatives and other constraints are increasingly driving organizations to look forward and use their data to ensure decisions that are being made today will lead to wins in the future. Predictive analytics has often been viewed with hesitation and intimidation and seen as only relevant to statistical specialists, but with the advent and evolution of the IBM SPSS solutions, the power of predictive analytics can be harnessed by a much broader group of users. This newsletter article describes what predictive analytics is, how it is used, when it is used, and how to integrate it into your organization. Read more

As of April 2012, Ironside Group is authorized to resell all Netezza products, including new appliances, annual subscriptions, and support. This enables Ironside to continue to deliver world-class IBM Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Predictive Analytics solutions that work hand-in-hand with Netezza appliances, which will increase performance and decrease costs for customers.

Netezza, an IBM company, offers data warehouse appliances that simplify and change the way organizations leverage analytics by combining processing, storage, and analytics into a single system that can deliver 10 to 100 times better performance than a traditional data warehouse. Netezza’s total cost of ownership is roughly one-third the cost of most other traditional approaches, which makes owning a Netezza box rewarding from both a financial and performance perspective. Read more