IBM’s acquisition of Netezza was a must for both vendors if they wish to grow their shares of the data warehousing (DW) market. They have a common archrival, Oracle, that is fielding an increasingly formidable appliance-based product portfolio, threatening both vendors’ long-term positions in this dynamic market.

This announcement comes the same week at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference and we await word this week from Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, and company on how they intend to respond (and you better believe they will).

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