Teradata unveils cloud strategy, answer for Oracle's Exadata machine

Teradata unveils cloud strategy, answer for Oracle's Exadata machine

Summary: Data warehousing giant Teradata is outlining its cloud computing strategy including an internal cloud service and a public offering via Amazon Web Services. In addition, Teradata is rolling out an appliance it claims will provide a big performance boost.

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Data warehousing giant Teradata is outlining its cloud computing strategy including an internal cloud service and a public offering via Amazon Web Services. In addition, Teradata is rolling out an appliance it claims will provide a big performance boost.

The announcements, timed for Teradata's partner conference in Washington D.C., this week highlight how the stakes are being raised in the data warehousing space. Teradata is battling larger foes like Oracle with its Exadata appliance, HP and smaller players such as Netezza.

Teradata is rolling out a bevy of new initiatives, but the most notable one is its cloud strategy. Teradata has a multi-pronged strategy that includes an internal cloud offering for customers---housed in the vendor's data center---and a public rollout with Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Here's the overview:

Ed White, director of product marketing at Teradata, said the company has been testing its cloud offering with customers like eBay for a year. In a nutshell, Teradata's "Agile Analytics Cloud" is designed to allow business analysts---the hard core data warehousing users---set up their own virtual data warehouses. Separately, Teradata is allowing data to be ported to Excel, which is still the primary way business intelligence data is viewed.

White said the effort is designed to bring the business units, which ask for more data constantly, and IT closer together. White said Teradata's private analytics cloud is "aimed at alleviating shadow data marts and spreadsheets within the Teradata environment."

A data wonk would be able to create his own data mart via screens like this:

These internal analytic clouds will be used for proof of concepts, development, testing, extremely private data and as a sandbox for Teradata power users.

On the public side of the cloud, Teradata is making its Express software available on Amazon Web Services. Teradata Express on EC2 will have limited functionality, but is a good start for further development, said White. He said Teradata will roll out more product lines onto EC2.

There's also a software as a services rollout Teradata has planned. That rollout will begin in the next 30 to 45 days.

Meanwhile, Teradata also is launching its answer for Oracle's Exadata machine. The project, dubbed Blurr, is Teradata's latest appliance. Here's a look at the details. Performance claims are based of Teradata's previous appliance.

Blurr runs on solid-state memory, which provides a performance boost but can be pricey. Since the product is in beta, White didn't have pricing on the data warehouse appliance, which will be generally available in the first quarter. Here's how it fits in the Teradata lineup.

Among Teradata's other announcements:

  • Teradata Express will be available as a free VMware image for non-production use. Teradata 12, 13 and SLES 10 will be available.
  • The company is unveiling a "business intelligence optimizer" designed for better optimization with systems from the likes of SAS, Cognos, Oracle and SAP's Business Objects. The big plus is this optimizer allows users to view data via Excel.
  • Teradata is launching a geospatial service that will make location a primary data component. The geospatial data is a vital datapoint for companies, said White.
  • And finally, Teradata is creating tools dubbed Teradata Data Mover to better share information and objects on the company's data warehouse systems.

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Topics: Storage, CXO, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Oracle, Software

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