Teradata adds Hadoop integration, launches data warehouse platform

Teradata's latest additions to its unified data architecture aim to deeply integrate its data warehouse systems, Aster's discovery platform, Hadoop and best-of-breed hardware.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Teradata added Hadoop integration to its unified data architecture, partnered with Mellanox to increase throughput on its systems and launched its latest data warehouse platform.


The moving parts come as Teradata is blending Hadoop technology and partnering to deliver what Tasso Argyros, co-president Teradata Aster, calls a "best of breed component" approach that integrates parts tightly and packages systems.

According to Teradata the latest additions to its unified data architecture, which melds data warehouse systems, Teradata Aster's discovery platform, Hadoop and best-of-breed partner tools, break down like this:

  • A fabric-based networking backbone to speed analytics systems. For fabric-based computing, Teradata partnered with Mellanox InfiniBand to joint SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, NetApp and Intel's Xeon processors.
  • Software to allow analysts to browse and move between Teradata and Hadoop data for business intelligence. The Teradata Enterprise Teradata Studio with Smart Loader for Hadoop Access supports Hortonworks and Cloudera.
  • Teradata SQL-H, which blends Hadoop with standard SQL databases. SQL-H, which supports Hortonworks, is designed to allow analysts to query data anywhere it resides.
  • The Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse 6700 platform (right), which combines Mellanox components with the company's BYNET software. The 6700 platform integrates with Apache Hadoop and Teradata appliances.

Argyros said that Teradata's goal was to form a platform that can ingest structured and unstructured data into one architecture. "The way we included Hadoop makes it a data refinery where it can be ingested to get it ready for further analysis that can happen in Teradata or Aster," he said.

As for Hadoop, Teradata's Argyros said it makes more sense to partner with leading distributions instead of building its own. Recently, EMC and Intel launched their own distributions of Hadoop. "We don't want to go out and pretend we have a Hadoop distribution," he said. "There are other distributions that are market leading."

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