Teradata Unveils New Database, Data Warehousing Components

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-04 Print this article Print

Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2690 is bigger, faster and better--as most new versions of IT hardware and software tend to be. This is a fully integrated system that doubles the performance and triples the data storage-processing capacity of its predecessor.

SAN DIEGO-Data analytics infrastructure provider Teradata, which released its first Aster Data-based database and a new MapReduce "big data" implementation two weeks ago, announced Oct. 3 that the fifth generation of its data warehousing appliance using both components will be available in a few months.

The company made the announcement at its annual Partners Conference here at the Convention Center, a five-day international event that attracted about 3,500 attendees and continues through Oct. 6. All three products can be deployed separately or together as needed.

Teradata acquired Aster Data in March 2011 and is ramping up development of its products, including the database and its MapReduce programming model. As a result, Teradata is moving noticeably faster up the ladder in competition with companies such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, EMC and HP.

Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2690, naturally, is bigger, faster and better-as most new versions of IT hardware and software tend to be. This is a fully integrated system that doubles the performance and triples the data storage-processing capacity of its predecessor, the company said.

Defining Big Data for Warehouses

Teradata defines big data as being a voluminous mix of structured and unstructured data involving complex interrelationships that do not lend themselves to analysis with today's traditional techniques. This makes capturing, storing, managing and analyzing it extremely difficult.

All the new Teradata products are aimed at simplifying those tasks by using an intuitive interface that can be navigated by a savvy business person-not necessarily a database administrator.

"We think that using this system is the simplest way to bring big data to the business," Stephanie McReynolds, director of Aster Data product marketing, told eWEEK. "There's a lot of chatter about challenges right now around big data in the enterprise involving bringing MapReduce into the enterprise, because of the complexities and finding the skills sets to support MapReduce development."

MapReduce is a software framework introduced by Google in 2004 to support distributed computing on large data sets on clusters of computers. Parts of it are open source, parts are patented by Google. A number of companies are taking the open-source portions of MapReduce and building their own analytics implementations.

"This [database, MapReduce implementation and appliance] is a solution that simplifies the business adoption of MapReduce," McReynolds said. "The Aster Database has a framework that marries SQL and MapReduce together-this is an extension of the SQL/MapReduce framework that we have had in Aster Database for some time. It allows business people to speak (the language of business analytics is really SQL) to execute MapReduce code without having to get coders involved."

The appliance is an integrated analytic platform that can be configured from as few as 2TB up to 315TB of uncompressed user data per cabinet, the company said. Performancewise, it can scan data at more than 38GB per second, per cabinet.

New Incremental Levels of Performance

When the new Data Warehouse Appliance comes out early next year, it will take advantage of Teradata Columnar, which will deliver incremental levels of performance and compression, Randy Lea, vice president of products and services marketing for Teradata, told eWEEK.

The Data Warehouse Appliance uses up to 60 percent less energy and takes up 50 percent less floor space for the same capability as the previous generation, Lea said.

"Teradata achieved these savings by internal streamlining of all system management functions through virtualization technology and a compression engine that provides more performance and data storage on a cabinet-to-cabinet level when compared to the previous generation," Lea said.

Green benefits in a data center have become a critical factor, since it is widely known that the costs for data center power, cooling and floor space will soon outpace the cost of the equipment in the data center.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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