Teradata Hosts Hadoop Developer Conference Online

Teradata announced that it will host an online conference for Hadoop developers on Sept. 3.

Teradata will host an online conference for Hadoop developers on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The event will be aimed at developers interested in the future of Hadoop. The conference will have industry guest speakers Chris Harris and Mike Whelan, two successful influencers of the IT industry that are familiar with Hadoop and developing for the platform.

Chris Harris is a Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) solution engineer at Hortonworks, where he spends most of his time architecting Apache Hadoop projects for enterprises across the region. Harris is a regular conference speaker at events such as SpringOne, NDC, Oredev, Berlin Buzzwords and several others.

Mike Whelan has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has held a number of roles covering development, architecture and consultancy. He is currently a solution architect in the Teradata Aster Centre of Expertise and provides guidance on big data architectures and products including Teradata Aster and Hadoop.

Developers interested in attending the online conference, which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, can register at: https://hadoop.teradatacareers.com/

Teradata sells both systems and software for data warehouses and analytic applications, including big data. Its products are meant to consolidate data from different sources and make the data available for analysis.

In June, Teradata announced that it was among the first vendors to provide a flexible, comprehensive Hadoop portfolio and introduced the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop. The Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop offers customers Hadoop-based product platforms, software, consulting services, training and customer support. Teradata's software makes Hadoop easier to integrate into modern enterprise data architectures and enable more users to know more and do more with data in Hadoop, the company said

"Teradata is now off and running as a trusted single source for all things Hadoop with many leading customers such as Dell, Otto Group, PT XL Axiata Tbk mobile telecommunications, Swisscom Schweiz AG and Wells Fargo Bank," Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs, said in a statement. "We built The Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop to support organizations struggling with Hadoop implementations by taking the complexity and cost out of deploying and managing the solutions."

Increasing data volumes, complexity and velocity have created many challenges for organizations. They must evolve their enterprise data architecture to develop an ever-faster ability to capture, store and refine the data. This requires that organizations be able to process social media, documents, text, images, audio and other forms of multi-structured data. Hadoop has gained in popularity as a key enabler of the next-generation data architecture, but organizations are struggling with deployment of its uniquely engineered features, Teradata said. A part of the challenge is the cost of hiring several Hadoop specialists or data scientists, which is too high for many "main street" organizations to pay.

"Teradata and Hortonworks have extended their strategic partnership to allow Teradata to resell and offer support for the Hortonworks Data Platform," Rob Bearden, chief executive officer at Hortonworks, said in a statement. "Working together, we are simplifying the deployment of Apache Hadoop and enabling customers to leverage all their data to create substantial business value. Now Teradata can offer the proven 100 percent open-source Hortonworks Data Platform, customer support and direct access to the latest technologies coming from the Apache Hadoop community."

To respond to the customers' challenges and help them extend their data architectures, the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop offers organizations flexible choices for Hadoop implementation. For IT departments that want turnkey, ready-to-run solutions, Teradata offers two premium platforms: Teradata Appliance for Hadoop and Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance. For engineering-led IT departments that prefer to build their own systems, but want the support of Teradata, two commodity platforms for Hadoop are available: Teradata Commodity Offering for Hadoop and Teradata Software Only for Hadoop.

"Teradata is one of the leading analytics solutions focusing on [data warehousing] and big data analytics," wrote Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst at Forrester Research, in a recent report ("The Steadily Growing Database Market Is Increasing Enterprises’ Choices, Forrester Research, Inc., June 7, 2013."). "Teradata Unified Data Architecture integrates the Teradata [integrated data warehouse] platform, Teradata Aster discovery platform, and Hadoop technology to offer enterprises an end-to-end analytical solution that supports any type of data."