October 8, 2007

Teradata apparently has crossed the petabyte barrier

According to a hurried conversation I had with Chief Marketing Office Darryl MacDonald, Teradata has customers with over 1 petabyte of user data in a single instance. He wouldn’t disclose any names, but I’d guess one is eBay, who he did confim is a customer. The intelligence area is another one where I’d speculate there are Very Large Databases.

However, since Darryl mentioned testing systems internally up to 4 petabytes, I’d guess the upper limit of Teradata deployments is in the 1-2 petabyte range.

EDIT: I’m now guessing that Teradata’s largest classified database — which previously was the largest overall — isn’t much over a petabyte in size. And there’s a strong chance this is larger than any unclassified one.

Update: That wasn’t really 1+ petabyte of user data.


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