April 5, 2008

Positioning the data warehouse appliances and specialty DBMS

There now are four hardware vendors that each offer or seem about to announce two different tiers of data warehouse appliances: Sun, HP, EMC, and Teradata. Specifically:

In addition, multiple hardware vendors have “reference architecture” technical arrangements with Oracle, to try to capture some of the benefits of appliances. And IBM is constantly in partnership discussions with data warehouse specialists, notwithstanding having multiple data warehouse offerings of its own.

Positioning of these various offerings is confused. Part of the reason is the large vendors’ postures “We’re big and trustworthy, and those little upstart vendors aren’t – until the moment we partner with one of them.” Part of the reason is the small vendors’ stances of “We can do all things for all people – and by the way, 9 of the 14 customers we’ve ever had are all doing pretty much the same thing.” And part of the reason is just an industry penchant for secrecy.

To a first approximation, I think there are two sensible ways to define the tiers. In each case, we’re talking about what kinds of databases the various products are suited for.

But those are very different classification rules – many products that might be upper-tier by Criterion S are lower-tier by Criterion U, and vice-versa. For example:

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6 Responses to “Positioning the data warehouse appliances and specialty DBMS”

  1. Computing at Scale » Blog Archive » Stored Data Analytics: A Crowded Space on April 7th, 2008 9:31 pm

    [...] data. A recent classification of the various companies in this increasingly crowded space appears here, and can be summarized in the following [...]

  2. pb on April 9th, 2008 8:42 pm

    The Teradata folks that I was talking to just today said “Oh yeah. That’s a public product. We’ve got installations at a few different customer sites. Here are the specs and some rough pricing…”

    Obviously you’ll have to talk to Teradata about that yourself, but it definitely sounds like a competitor in the “large data”, “big honking data mart” quadrant.

  3. Curt Monash on April 10th, 2008 1:10 am

    Thanks, pb.

    CAM

  4. Aclown on April 10th, 2008 11:14 am

    Ive heard that Walmart has their Enterprise Data Model physically in 3nf on Teradata. If thats true, that is some major ass-kicking.

  5. Infology.Ru » Blog Archive » Позиционирование комплексов для хранилищ данных и специализированных СУБД on September 4th, 2008 3:13 am

    [...] Автор: Curt Monash Дата публикации оригинала: 2008-04-05 Перевод: Константин Лисянский Источник: Блог Курта Монаша [...]

  6. Stored Data Analytics: A Crowded Space on October 31st, 2008 4:39 pm

    [...] data. A recent classification of the various companies in this increasingly crowded space appears here, and can be summarized in the following table: [...]

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