September 3, 2009

Teradata and Netezza are doing MapReduce too

Netezza told me a while ago that it planned to introduce MapReduce, and agreed yesterday this was no longer NDAed. Stephen Brobst of Teradata* let slip at XLDB that Teradata has MapReduce too, apparently implemented but not yet generally available.

I don’t have details in either case.  Netezza and Teradata evidently aren’t taking MapReduce as seriously as Aster Data, or even Greenplum or Vertica. But MapReduce has become pretty much of a “checkmark” item for large-database analytic DBMS vendors even so.

*Technically, Brobst is not and never has been a Teradata employee — but he’s widely and correctly regarded as being “of Teradata” even so. 🙂


6 Responses to “Teradata and Netezza are doing MapReduce too”

  1. Todd Fin on September 3rd, 2009 11:52 pm

    *Stephen Brobst officially presented as a Teradata’s CTO

  2. Curt Monash on September 4th, 2009 3:44 am

    Wow. That picture looks almost as old as the one I use for my Twitter avatar. 😉

    Anyhow, two things to note are:

    1. Teradata has multiple CTOs. (Todd Walter comes to mind.)
    2. I stand by my story that Stephen isn’t actually a Teradata employee. He told me that directly in Lyon, and he uses a different company name than “Teradata” when talking at TDWI.

  3. Greg Rahn on September 5th, 2009 2:58 am


    Curious if you have any insight which companies are using MapReduce. It seems to be used in big data web shops like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Fox Interactive Media, etc. that have very strong engineering groups but I haven’t seen much/any mention(s) for technology consumer companies (typical IT shops versus technology creator companies).

  4. Curt Monash on September 5th, 2009 7:19 am


    I’ll be saying more about that over the next couple of months, but basically your perception is pretty accurate.


  5. Unholyguy on September 5th, 2009 2:35 pm

    Hadoop World NY has listed as presenters NY Times, Visa, JPMorganChase, Booz Allen Hamilton and China Mobile.

    Be interesting to see what they are doing with it

  6. Curt Monash on September 5th, 2009 3:57 pm

    Good call. I’ll be curious to find out if they’re doing anything at all in production. 😉

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