eBay's Teradata implementation headed to 20 petabytes

Summary:EBay, one of Teradata's largest customers, will more than double the petabytes in its data warehouse over the next year.

EBay, one of Teradata's largest customers, will more than double the petabytes in its data warehouse over the next year.

Curt Monash of Monash Research recaps a few key points from a conversation with eBay this week. Teradata often cites eBay as a reference customer. Among the main items:

  • EBay's Teradata implementation is now topping 10 petabytes. That will grow to 20 petabytes next year.
  • The Teradata database is called Singularity and ingests data so it’s easier to index and query.
  • The auction giant has Teradata technology for transactions as well as enterprise data.
  • Hadoop is on eBay's radar and will be used for analyzing images. However, Hadoop isn't eBay's favored way of crunching data.

That final point speaks to the hybrid approach emerging in data warehousing and analytics. Corporations are likely to mix and match Hadoop with Teradata and similar systems. That's why Teradata has been in such a rush to build connectors to Hadoop via deals with Cloudera, which also has a similar partnership with EMC's Greenplum.

Teradata has been cited as a potential acquisition for Hewlett Packard, which needs to bolster its analytics portfolio. Meanwhile, new CEO Leo Apotheker has to expand HP's software portfolio.

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Topics: Hardware, CXO, Data Centers, Data Management, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Software, Storage

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