Netezza Unleashes Tera-scale Data Appliance for Business Intelligence

Breakthrough, Scalable Netezza Performance Server Delivers 10 to 20 Times the Performance at Half the Cost of Today’s Patchwork of General-Purpose Solutions

Framingham, Mass., September 23, 2002 -- Netezza Corporation today launched the Netezza Performance Server (NPS) 8000 Series, the world’s first purpose-built, tera-scale data appliance for Fortune 1000 companies and other data-intensive organizations that need faster, more sophisticated Business Intelligence (BI). The NPS appliance delivers 10 to 20 times the performance for large, complex and constantly growing BI efforts at half the cost of existing systems.

“Enterprises are experiencing a massive explosion in data and the success of their business will largely depend on how they harness that information for better business decisions. Unfortunately, today’s older patchwork of general-purpose servers, storage and databases just can’t handle oceans of information and the fast, complex analytics companies require,” said Jit Saxena, co-founder and CEO of Netezza Corp. “Netezza has solved the big data BI problem with a purpose-built, affordable solution that easily fits into the existing enterprise architecture. The NPS system delivers fast, on-time business intelligence without requiring customers to reformat or restructure their data or applications.”

“Epsilon is in the business of managing and analyzing large databases for our clients on a wide variety of technologies and platforms. Our testing to date with the Netezza Performance Server has shown dramatic performance improvements over our existing systems,” said Mike Coakley, vice president of marketing technology products at Epsilon, a marketing services provider. “Netezza combines the key elements of every data warehousing environment--hardware, software and storage--into one easy-to-use system that works seamlessly with our BI applications, so we can deliver better and faster analyses to our clients.”

Breakthrough Architecture Built for Speed and Scalability

Netezza started with a clean sheet of paper and designed a breakthrough architecture. It combines servers, storage and database into a single powerful and scalable appliance created from the outset to process queries faster--and enable complex data analysis that was not previously possible because of large and fast-growing data sizes. This new architecture shatters traditional performance benchmarks and many of the technical roadblocks that paralyze today’s patchwork of general-purpose offerings. Built for quick deployment, simple administration and nearly infinite scaling, the total cost-of-ownership (TCO) for the NPS appliance is a fraction of solutions currently on the market.

At the heart of the NPS system is a patent-pending Intelligent Query Streaming design that optimizes the flow of information by placing silicon processors near the storage device. The system’s architecture intelligently filters and processes records immediately as they come off the storage disk, bringing over only the relevant information for each query. Processing that would usually overwhelm a general-purpose server now occurs right at the source of the data to deliver a tremendous boost in performance.

The architecture also includes a unique Asymmetric Massively Parallel Processing (AMPP™) approach that combines the processing power of SMP with the scalability of MPP. It applies SMP and MPP where they are most beneficial in the design, delivering tremendous real-time performance and scalability.

By combining an appliance packaging, mature off-the-shelf components and a standards-based architecture that doesn't require customers to restructure data, tools or applications, Netezza delivers a dramatically lower TCO than today’s patchwork approach.

“The NPS appliance enables companies to conduct sophisticated data analysis at an attractive price point. It combines the ease of use of an appliance model, a breakthrough architecture and a cost effective approach that allows companies to leverage their existing BI technology,” said Henry Morris, group vice president, Applications and Information Access, IDC. “Companies that rely on data intensive analytic processes can benefit by being able to dig into their data to increase information flow and business productivity.”

“With these kind of numbers, the Netezza appliance is ready to set the world on its ear,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Storage Group. “Who won’t want a system capable of eliminating such a huge percentage of wasted time? If this appliance gives users 50 percent of what I’ve seen, they better reinforce the front doors. I haven’t seen something with this much disruptive potential in years.”

Netezza has attracted top talent from leading technology companies including Cisco, Compaq, Sun and Teradata. Ed Zander, former president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) is on its Board of Directors. Steve Millard, formerly of Teradata, a division of NCR Corp. (NYSE: NCR) recently joined as vice president of worldwide sales. Bill Blake, senior vice president of product development, recently arrived from Compaq (NYSE: HPQ) where he was responsible for the development and marketing of High Performance Technical Computing (HPTC) solutions including the company’s massively parallel AlphaServer SC supercomputers.

“The NPS appliance will transform Business Intelligence,” said Ed Zander, former president and COO, Sun Microsystems and a member of Netezza’s Board of Directors. “Netezza is delivering the first special-purpose system that enables companies to leverage their existing infrastructure while offloading their most complex and data-intensive BI problems, so that they can drive results. It delivers at least 10 times the performance of any solution on the market, at half the cost.”

Pricing and Availability

The Netezza Performance Server 8000 is available immediately. Initial configurations include the NPS 8100 (up to 4.5TB total storage), the NPS 8200 (9 TB) and the NPS 8400 (18 TB). Larger configurations will be available in 2003. Pricing starts at $622,000 U.S. list.

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About Netezza Corporation

Netezza has created the world’s first purpose-built, tera-scale data appliance that enables real-time Business Intelligence (BI). The NPS appliance runs ad hoc and complex queries in a fraction of the time of existing solutions, delivering fast and affordable BI to data-intensive organizations in financial services, retail, communications and other markets. Based on a patent-pending architecture, the NPS system delivers faster, more sophisticated analysis while allowing companies to leverage their existing infrastructure. Founded in 2000 and based in Framingham, Mass., Netezza is led by an experienced management team from several leading technology companies. The Company is financed by Matrix Partners, Charles River Ventures and Battery Ventures. Please visit Netezza on the Web at or call Netezza toll free at 1.866.Netezza.

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