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New Netezza TwinFin i-Class Appliance Extends Data Warehousing to Support Advanced Analytics


Extensions to base TwinFin product for development and execution of advanced analytics including support for Java, C++, Fortran, Python, MapReduce, Hadoop, SAS and R

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ), the global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances, today announced the Netezza® TwinFin(i)™ appliance, a development and execution platform that allows analytical applications to be run inside the appliance and close to the data. Based on Netezza’s patented data streaming technology, the Netezza TwinFin(i) appliance executes complex analytics in parallel within the database on extremely large data sets, significantly reducing costs, and eliminating errors and delays organizations currently incur moving data into specialized databases for advanced analytics. The Netezza TwinFin(i) appliance marks a significant milestone in the Netezza N-Sight vision announced in November 2009 by making advanced analytics accessible to a broader community of users.

“The business value of deep analytics eludes many organizations because advanced analytics is complex, and managing data at scale is challenging,” said Jim Baum, president and CEO of Netezza. “The traditional databases underpinning this analysis simply cannot cope. Based on unique technology that combines big data with big math, the TwinFin(i) platform speaks the language of advanced analytics – allowing more people to more deeply analyze more data. Our innovation, together with our partnership with SAS, opens the door for mainstream market adoption of advanced analytics.”

“The Netezza TwinFin(i) plays a significant role in accelerating business processes supported by SAS. Complex models built with SAS are deployed faster, not only reducing latency in complex decision-making, but also freeing up analysts’ time so they can focus more on modeling,” said Keith Collins, SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “The increased scalability and performance capabilities of the TwinFin(i) allows this analysis to be conducted faster, by larger user populations, against more data.”

The massively parallel processing architecture of the Netezza TwinFin(i) appliance powers and simplifies the computational complexity of big data when building and applying advanced analytics in parallel. The appliance enables customers and partners to easily create analytic applications using industry proven tools, such as SAS, traditional programming languages (Java, C++, Python, Fortran), new programming environments (MapReduce, Hadoop) and open source tools such as R. TwinFin(i) also provides plug-ins to the broadly popular Eclipse integrated development environment and the R graphical user interface for development support using Netezza’s simple appliance paradigm.

According to an independent report, “Advanced analytics is a key weapon in the competitive fray for organizations in every industry. Visionary companies take a future-facing perspective on new challenges: grounding management intuitions in solid historical research (often through data mining) and in plausible models of what may arise, known as predictive analytics. To become truly proactive, organizations must build predictive muscle through deepening commitment to these and other key technologies such as interactive visual modeling, multivariate statistical analysis, text analytics, data quality, and massively parallel enterprise data warehousing (EDW),” (In-Database Analytics: The Heart Of The Predictive Enterprise, Forrester Research, Inc., November, 2009).

Partners developing advanced applications for the TwinFin(i) platform include SAS, TIBCO Spotfire, MicroStrategy, Pursway (formerly Datanetis), DemandTec and QuantiSense. General availability of the Netezza TwinFin(i) appliance and additional announcements regarding market momentum and partner ecosystem are planned for the Company’s Enzee Universe, 2010 User Conference in June.

About Netezza Corporation

Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ) is the global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances that dramatically simplify high-performance analytics across an extended enterprise. Netezza’s technology enables organizations to process enormous amounts of captured data at exceptional speed, providing a significant competitive and operational advantage in today’s data-intensive industries, including digital media, energy, financial services, government, health and life sciences, retail and telecommunications. Netezza is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts and has offices in Northern Virginia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, Japan, Korea, Australia and Singapore. For more information about Netezza, please visit


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