October 15, 2008

Teradata’s Petabyte Power Players

As previously hinted, Teradata has now announced 4 of the 5 members of its “Petabyte Power Players” club.  These are enterprises with 1+ petabyte of data on Teradata equipment.  As is commonly the case when Teradata discusses such figures, there’s some confusion as to how they’re actually counting.  But as best I can tell, Teradata is counting:

Teradata’s five Petabyte Power Players are:

eBay got the most attention, giving several talks.  eBay is relatively mum on the actual benefits of analytics (competitive advantage and all that), but Oliver Ratzesberger did share a few points:

Oliver also said that eBay’s vendor partners might get access to the analytics at some point for their own use.  A more overwrought version of the same statement may be found in the headline here.


11 Responses to “Teradata’s Petabyte Power Players”

  1. Oracle notes | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on October 17th, 2008 5:21 am

    […] conservative kind of counting — single database, true user data, etc.  Oracle estimates that Teradata Petabyte Power Player Dell would only be at 300 terabytes by this kind of […]

  2. sajith on October 20th, 2008 12:13 am

    What’s with the mutual link love between this story and the networkworld.com story?

  3. More servers, more problems « Technology Info on October 20th, 2008 9:52 am

    […] invest in analyzing existing hardware performance and tweaking their systems. Take for example eBay. eBay handles an enormous amount of data through many, many auctions running 24/7. Sure, with the […]

  4. Curt Monash on October 20th, 2008 10:55 am


    Look real hard at the post metadata and you should be able to figure it out. 🙂


  5. Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on February 23rd, 2009 2:06 pm

    […] fit into a Madison EDW environment. This idea — a version of which I’ve also heard from eBay in connection with its Teradata installation — says “OK, maybe it’s a good idea […]

  6. Closing the book on the DATAllegro customer base | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on March 2nd, 2009 6:59 pm

    […] did indeed disclose at TDWI that it was a large DATAllegro user, notwithstanding that Dell is a huge Teradata user as well.  No doubt, Dell is gearing up to be a big user of Madison […]

  7. eBay’s two enormous data warehouses | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on April 30th, 2009 6:13 am

    […] Wal-Mart, Bank of America, another financial services company, and Dell also have very large Teradata databases. […]

  8. Victor Visweswaran on March 9th, 2010 7:54 pm

    It is not really how much information you have stored within the purview of a datawarehouse appliance RDBMS, or how much information you can retrieve in a single query; it IS how much value you can render to the end business user/decision maker by virtue of the mechanics of your data warehouse appliance that is important, I think.
    Now, let’s look back in time…when we had databases that were only about 200 odd Gigabytes big, and there were millions of customers, and the processors were not all that fast, we were able to still design some very “nifty” data bases that processed over 300 transactions per second.
    Now, with all the inflated investments in technology and the accumulation of JUNK data stores, how much value REALLY is purveyed by the datawarehouse appliances? Think about it…

  9. Vembu N S on February 7th, 2011 5:52 pm

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  10. Confusion about Teradata’s big customers | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on September 24th, 2011 10:50 pm

    […] Teradata is counting the way they did three years ago, that count of 16 or 20 or whatever is probably inflated compared to, say, Vertica’s figure […]

  11. Big numbers for Big Data 大資料的大數字 « Data Torrent 資料狂潮 on November 9th, 2011 9:46 am

    […] eBay 在2009年就有兩個巨大的資料倉儲,分別使用了GreenPlum與Terradata的解決方案,也都是管理好幾個PB的資料量。更使人尊敬的是他們乘載每秒好幾百MB或超過GB的I/O量。還有許多大型公司在2008年就擁有PB等級的資料倉儲。 […]

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