Teradata is announcing its new high-end systems, the Teradata 6700 series. Notes on that include:
- Teradata tends to get 35-55% (roughly speaking) annual performance improvements, as measured by its internal blended measure Tperf. A big part of this is exploiting new-generation Intel processors.
- This year the figure is around 40%.
- The 6700 is based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge.
- Teradata previously told me that Ivy Bridge — the next one after Sandy Bridge — could offer a performance “discontinuity”. So, while this is just a guess, I expect that next year’s Teradata performance improvement will beat this year’s.
- Teradata has now largely switched over to InfiniBand.
Teradata is also talking about data integration and best-of-breed systems, with buzzwords such as:
- Teradata Unified Data Architecture.
- Fabric-based computing, even though this isn’t really about storage.
- Teradata SQL-H.
The upshot is that Teradata has at least 6 kinds of rack or cabinet it wants to sell you — along with software to connect them — of which it really thinks you should get at least 3:
- The 4 main Teradata-software appliances:
- Active Enterprise Data Warehouse (the new 6700). Teradata thinks every sufficiently large enterprise should have one of these.
- Extreme Performance Appliance (Teradata 4xxx), based on solid-state drives (which are also used in the 6xxx systems). At least I think so; the 4xxx wasn’t in the most recent slide deck I saw.
- Data Warehouse Appliance (Teradata 2700).
- Extreme Data Appliance (Teradata 1650).
- The Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance, running Aster and Hadoop software. Teradata basically thinks everybody should have one of these too.
- A separate cabinet for special-purpose “Teradata Managed Servers”. While there’s some space for Managed Servers in other Teradata appliances, Teradata now offers so many such capabilities that it thinks you will likely need a separate rack for those as well. These include (partial list):
- Viewpoint system management.
- Teradata Unity.
- Data movement, which is not the same thing as Teradata Unity.
- Data loading, which is yet something else.
- Generic compute (notably, to run SAS).
Even that doesn’t exhaust the possibilities:
- The 36 InfiniBand ports Teradata can fit into a cabinet aren’t enough, it suggests and presumably will sell you free-standing Mellanox switches as an alternative.
- That slide deck split the Big Analytics Appliance back out into Aster and Hadoop options.
- There also seems to be a SAS-specific modeling appliance.
And you can have — or in some cases must have — Teradata Managed Server nodes in other kinds of Teradata appliance.
Finally, Teradata also offers a stand-alone single- or several-node Teradata 670 Data Mart Appliance, notes on which include:
- The Teradata 670′s entry price is under $1/2 million, if you want to use it as your first Teradata system (something that evidently is happening, mainly outside the Americas).
- Another use for the Teradata 670 is for physical — as opposed to virtual — data mart spin-out.
- The primary use for the Teradata Data Mart Appliance, however, seems to be test/development for larger Teradata systems.
- The Teradata Data Mart Appliance is one of the options for placing in a separate managed-server Teradata rack.
- My recent musings on the variety of clusters and appliances an enterprise could have.
- A March, 2012 post on various vendors’ admissions that multiple analytic database systems are needed.