August 31, 2014

Notes from a visit to Teradata

I spent a day with Teradata in Rancho Bernardo last week. Most of what we discussed is confidential, but I think the non-confidential parts and my general impressions add up to enough for a post.

First, let’s catch up with some personnel gossip. So far as I can tell:

The biggest change in my general impressions about Teradata is that they’re having smart thoughts about the cloud. At least, Oliver is. All details are confidential, and I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to become clear even in October (which once again is the month for Teradata’s user conference). My main concern about all that is whether Teradata’s engineering team can successfully execute on Oliver’s directives. I’m optimistic, but I don’t have a lot of detail to support my good feelings.

In some quick-and-dirty positioning and sales qualification notes, which crystallize what we already knew before:

Also:

Speaking of not being CPU-constrained — I heard 7-10% as an estimate for typical Hadoop utilization, and also 10-15%. While I didn’t ask, I presume these figures assume traditional MapReduce types of Hadoop workloads. I’m not sure why these figures are yet lower than eBay’s long-ago estimates of Hadoop “parallel efficiency”.

Like Carson used to do, Jeff shared a variety of hardware and networking tidbits with me. In particular:

Since Oliver is now a Teradata mucky-muck, I asked about virtual data marts, an idea that he pretty much invented or at least popularized back in his eBay days. Comments included:

And I’ll stop here, although I hope that a couple more-focused posts will also eventually flow from the visit.

Comments

2 Responses to “Notes from a visit to Teradata”

  1. Eric Sammer on August 31st, 2014 3:20 pm

    Curt:

    Great post! Minor correction: I think you mean 56Gb / sec (rather than GB) Infiniband.

    Best regards!

  2. Curt Monash on September 1st, 2014 6:21 pm

    Sammer fact: Eric Sammer doesn’t proofread posts; they report their own errors to him. :)

    Fixed above!

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