October 15, 2010

Notes on data warehouse appliance prices

I’m not terribly motivated to do a detailed analysis of data warehouse appliance list prices, in part because:

That said, here are some notes on data warehouse appliance prices.


6 Responses to “Notes on data warehouse appliance prices”

  1. Ramakrishna Vedantam on October 15th, 2010 5:39 am


    Are these prices inclusive of services or just the hardware+software prices? We dont get fairly to see much on pricing in respect of appliances including Teradata.


  2. Curt Monash on October 15th, 2010 5:46 am


    No professional services, to my knowledge.


  3. Mike Pilcher on October 15th, 2010 10:34 am

    The challenge with any pricing is looking at the overall costs and not simply the purchase costs. The typical cycle for other vendors (as you know I am COO of a company that has created software that doesn’t miraculously grow bigger just to make it perform over time – so this is with the usual vendor caveats – I may be biased, it doesn’t mean I am wrong; safe harbour statement made) – the typical cycle is customers have a problem, fix the problem and then once you are hooked on the architecture, as the problem gets larger and more complex over time the database starts to grow out of control. It doesn’t matter if you call it materialized views, materialized join indexes, or automated tuning; you have to love marketing speak for “We’re going to copy more data to disk”. The database keeps getting bigger just to make it keep performing. It requires people, processing capacity and it requires more and more licences. If there was a way to measure the gap between what you thought you were paying for and what you ended up paying for, that would be interesting. Like having lunch at McDonald’s and measuring the costs of your arteries blocking up. It is a fair question if you price by Terabyte, then making your product perform by allowing it to grow bigger, and then charging more for data, isn’t that like going to McDonald’s and getting hungrier with each bite?

  4. Camuel Gilyadov on October 15th, 2010 12:41 pm

    I recently tried to find the demarcation line on where a low-cost ends and premium-priced begins, ultimately coming to conclusion that TCO (hardware+software+running costs) of roughly 1 $/GB/month is a reference point for a low-cost basic system. It is for uncompressed user data that is providing active and interactive (think google) querying.

    I’m also curious if BigQuery launch will establish some good reference point for the industry, and then we could reason “that much premium for that much added-value”.

    See more here http://bigdatacraft.com/archives/135

  5. Curt Monash on October 15th, 2010 4:30 pm


    I have trouble thinking of a company that charges by terabyte for materialized views or indexes. Who are you thinking of?



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