April 28, 2008 - Netezza Corporation unveiled its Compress Engine functionality that is expected to double the speed of its data warehouse appliance while reducing the data footprint by up to four times.


The Compress Engine, which was announced last December and released on a limited basis, will be available for full distribution this May as part of Release 4.5 of the Netezza appliance.


Among the customers already signed up to use the Netezza Compress Engine software are NYSE Euronext and The Nielsen Company. NYSE Euronext, which operates the world's leading and most liquid exchange group, offers a diverse array of financial products and services. NYSE Euronext implemented the Compress Engine for high-performance analysis on more than 200 terabytes of data.


"We have already realized a significant increase in capacity with Netezza’s Compress Engine feature. We more than doubled our existing database capacity by simply upgrading the software on the appliance,” said Steve Hirsch, chief data officer, NYSE Euronext. “With this latest release of the Netezza appliance, we expect to double both query performance and data load speeds, above and beyond the high performance the system already delivers.”


Netezza’s approach employs a patent-pending method for compiling columnar data in all tables of the database, allowing the Netezza appliance to compress the data to use disk efficiently, increasing query performance as data streams from the disk.


Compress Engine is part of the Netezza’s FPGA-Accelerated Streaming Technology (FAST) Engines framework, the foundation of its patented streaming architecture.


Features of the Compress Engine include:

  • Doubling system performance,
  • Delivering up to 4 times the storage capacity,
  • Software-only upgrade,
  • No tuning or administration required,
  • System-wide data compression, and
  • Decompression at streaming speeds.

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