Thinking about cutting the cord on your Netezza, and moving to the cloud? It’s as easy as three-steps

Now more than ever, Netezza customers are exploring migration options to the cloud. Since June 2019, when IBM discontinued support for a variety of Netezza versions, the once “premium state-of-the-art’” data appliance became no longer critical for large business databases.

While Netezza was once the leader in the massively parallel processing (MPP) system market, and an appliance that provided state-of-the-art performance, it is now considered legacy. High costs, lack of support and inefficient scalability have forced customers to look elsewhere – and increasingly, to the cloud.

Netezza migration to the cloud

Our SHIFT™ Migration Suite was developed with Netezza in mind, and is the perfect solution to address customer’s end-to-end challenges when seeking a migration path to the cloud. With the SHIFT™ Migration Suite, we’ve helped customers accelerate their migrations by 60% versus traditional manual migration methods.

How do we do it? In three core steps.

1. Automating Planning and Assessment Activities:

In the legacy Netezza world, when businesses look to consume data for analytics or reporting, they are dependent on a number of pre-processing steps. This could include complex mappings or transformations just to create a dataset in a format their reporting application requires. This pre-processing usually amounts to around 80% of customer’s time when preparing a report or dashboard. When planning for migration, the core issue is further pronounced – no one knows what’s happening inside of Netezza, or which workloads to prioritize for migration.

With SHIFT™ CRAWLER, and SHIFT™ ANALYZER, planning and assessment can be simplified and accelerated, to provides answers to questions like, “how long will the migration effort take? And where should I start?

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2. Automating Code Translation:

Translating the code base within Netezza is the second step. Automating the code translation for all workloads identified during planning accelerates the end-to-end migration timeline and avoids manual development and refactoring efforts.

3. Managing and Accelerating Cut-Over

With Netezza, organizations are limited on how they consume data. They either need to manually move data to another server for complex analytics or put the onus back on Netezza to process the queries. Cloud vendors today are built to bring processing to the data. Meaning, less wait times, faster query performance, and easier ability to combine disparate data sets (i.e. structured and unstructured data, streaming and batch, and wider support for other data types). With SHIFT™ TESTER  and SHIFT™ CRAWLER, we accelerate the final phases of the migration to get you cut-over to the cloud (and decommissioning your Netezza environment), as fast and efficiently as possible.


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