Edit: This post is superseded by our analysis of the new Teradata 2500 data warehouse appliance.
One of Teradata’s competitors believes they got an accurate leak about a new low-end Teradata appliance. Teradata is neither confirming nor denying. I believe the leak.
I’m not going to give product or pricing details, which in any case could be subject to change before a final product release. But the general idea is:
- Commodity Dell servers.
- Some of the higher-end software stripped out.
- Limit on the number of nodes, leading to a database size limit somewhere in the tens of terabytes.
It will be interesting to see whether Teradata can come out with something that’s closely competitive in price, performance, and administrative ease to what the newer data warehouse appliance vendors offer, yet upgrades cleanly to full-sophistication Teradata systems for those who choose to pursue that path.