April 15, 2013

Notes on Teradata systems

Teradata is announcing its new high-end systems, the Teradata 6700 series. Notes on that include:

Teradata is also talking about data integration and best-of-breed systems, with buzzwords such as:

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:

Even that doesn’t exhaust the possibilities:

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:

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3 Responses to “Notes on Teradata systems”

  1. Jim Dietz on April 16th, 2013 6:07 am

    On the Teradata-software appliance alternatives, yes, the Teradata Extreme Performance Appliance (the all-SSD platform) is missing from the platform family portrait. That’s on purpose since Teradata is de-emphasizing this product given there are alternatives that meet a wider range of market needs. Specifically, the Active EDW 6700 (that was just announced) with the hybrid storage capability provides extreme levels of performance for the “hot”, frequently used data automatically placed in SSD while also providing standard levels of performance on “warm and cold” data placed in HDD. We have found that while the market has needs for extreme performance focused on a small amount of data it also demands that at the same time they need to analyze larger amounts of, say, short history data. So, the Active EDW fits the market needs better. The Extreme Performance Appliance was the pioneer in the use of SSD for data warehouse needs, but our understanding of this very high performance space has matured.

    On the SAS-specific modeling appliance mention, this is the SAS High-Performance Analytics Server (HPAS) for Teradata. It is a complete, “all in one” appliance with the Teradata database for the SAS HPAS software. The TD Model 700 Appliance offers the high performance data management capabilities of the Teradata database. SAS HPAS software also leverages Teradata’s architecture to distribute analytic processing across all of the servers in the system. This combines the strengths of SAS and Teradata by leveraging the SAS advanced analytics capabilities including model development and deployment with the Teradata platform.

    Too lengthy already, so more in the next post on points around Managed Servers, Unity and Unified Data Architecture

  2. Curt Monash on April 16th, 2013 12:39 pm


    As you know, I’ve been predicting all along that you’d keep finding more use cases in which “purpose-built” should bow to mix-and-match. So that makes sense to me about the 4xxx. 🙂

  3. Database Computing is Supercomputing… Some external reading: May 2013 | Database Fog Blog on May 22nd, 2013 8:38 am

    […] would also recommend Curt Monash’s site. His notes on Teradata here mirror my observation that a 30%-50% performance boost per release cycle is the target for most […]

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