Netezza this week unveiled a new data auditing and analytics appliance designed for enterprises that need to do predictive risk analysis on the fly.

Netezza, which was acquired by IBM last month for $1.7 billion, said the Mantra Vault will monitor and analyze data across multiple databases in real time, giving administrators instantaneous updates of potential risks to their most sensitive data and files.

Company officials said Mantra Vault is intended to work as a complimentary tool to existing data activity monitoring (DAM) systems. It's also capable of multi-year data retention, analytics and reporting.

"Netezza recognizes that large enterprises have the unique challenge of not only storing large amounts of audit data, but also analyzing all of that data to meet compliance, privacy and security requirements," Netezza CEO Jim Baum said in a statement. "The Mantra Vault appliance demonstrates our commitment to develop a new series of specialized solution-oriented analytic appliances that leverage Netezza's industry-leading data warehouse platform."

Mantra Vault offers a predicting analytics service that identifies patterns of inappropriate or threatening behavior from either inside the firewall or from external, Web-based attacks.

Netezza officials said Mantra Vault, which will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2011, is built on the company's TwinFin data warehouse appliance platform.

Netezza boasts a roster of more than 350 enterprise customers, including BlueCross BlueShield, Time Warner and eHarmony.

At the time the acquisition was announced, IBM said it planned to fold Netezza into its Information and Management software suite, building out its Business Analytics and Organization Consulting group.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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