IT Management: eWEEK's Products to Watch March 2010

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2010-03-12 Print this article Print
Netezza's Skimmer

Netezza's Skimmer

The latest addition to Netezzas family of open, blade-based analyticappliances, Skimmer, delivers faster performance at a fraction of the cost.Skimmer can power small to midsize data warehouses, and can serve as anedge appliance in larger hub-and-spoke deployments or as atest-and-development system in conjunction with Netezzas TwinFin. Skimmershares the same architecture as TwinFin and is built using commodity bladeservers and storage. Each appliance contains a Snippet Blade, which isresponsible for processing SQL queries in parallel across eight pairs ofIntel CPU cores and FPGA cores. Skimmer packs this power in aseven-rack-unit chassis, while offering up to 10TB of user
Each month, eWEEK editors name new or newly updated enterprise-class products that we think should be on IT professionals' radars—products and services that promise to create efficiencies as well as competitive advantage. This month, eWEEK recommends checking out Netezza's Skimmer, SysAid's CSS 2.0, SYSPRO's SYSPRO 6.1, PGP's Key Management Server 3.0, Nuance's PDF Reader, Metastorm's Metastorm ProVision, Apptio's Budgeting and Forecasting module, ViewSonic's PJD6531w DLP projector, FalconStor's NSS SAN Accelerator, ADTRAN's NetVanta, Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise Premium, and TIBCO's Spotfire 3.1.
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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