The move by IBM to discontinue support for the Netezza product line has IBM customers facing a hard choice. On one hand, they can undertake a lengthy and complex migration to the IBM DB2 mainframe product — one that is far more complex and costly than Netezza users are accustomed to. On the other hand, Netezza users could consider cloud-only options, renting a data warehouse solution that might appear to have better economics.
However, these solutions become costly when run 24×7, and are unlikely to provide same type of performance as Netezza, especially for a large number of concurrent users. Their additional limitation is the inability to run on-premises. This has left Netezza and other traditional data warehouse users without options. Until now.