April 21, 2008

Teradata introduces lower-cost appliances

After months of leaks, Teradata has unveiled its new lines of data warehouse appliances, raising the total number either from 1 to 3 (my view) or 0 to 2 (what you believe if you think Teradata wasn’t previously an appliance vendor). Most significant is the new Teradata 2500 series, meant to compete directly with the smaller data warehouse specialists. Highlights include:

The Teradata 2500 is coming out of the chute with two customers – a new-customer retailer buying a single cabinet (i.e., 6.12 TB), and an existing customer for whom fewer details seem available. So far as I can tell, the sales force has had the product since late January, although the first leaks I got incorrectly suggested the system would only scale to a limited number of nodes.

Other products in the announcement included:

The Teradata 2500’s performance should be below the Teradata 5550’s for three reasons:

The same considerations apply to a comparison between the Teradata 2500 and the older Teradata 5000, but in that case they’re offset by a year of Moore’s Law benefit.

Teradata’s performance claims for the 2500, in essence, are:

Teradata competitors’ stories are along the lines of:

DATAllegro offers a detailed critique of the Teradata 2500 based on pre-release information, both on functionality and the numbers. (E.g., they argue that 6.12 TB of user data counted the Teradata way isn’t as much as it sounds like; I’m checking on that.)

So what does this all mean? If the Teradata 2500 were as aggressively priced as I originally thought (my bad – I simply misheard their per-terabyte prices for absolute figures), this announcement would be a huge event. As matters stand – well, DBMS and other enterprise vendors’ “crippled” products don’t have a stellar history. I wouldn’t be surprised if, a year from now, we saw an upgraded Teradata 2500 series, with more aggressive pricing and features.

Alternatively: In the initial release, Teradata has chosen not to have any interoperability between the 5500, 2500, and 550 series. I think that should and perhaps will change, with the 55xx and 25xx working together in a hub/spoke manner. Otherwise, missing-features arguments like the one DATAllegro makes will be too compelling. For that matter, I wouldn’t be surprised if Teradata bought a smaller rival, in which case heterogeneous hub/spoke synchronization would be a really good idea as soon as they could implement it.

If hub/spoke integration is one feature I’d recommend Teradata get cracking on, the other – and even bigger – one is compression. All CPU/disk trade-offs notwithstanding, better compression is an obvious and big price/performance win.

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6 Responses to “Teradata introduces lower-cost appliances”

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