Teradata Goes to 'Extreme' Lengths on Data Analysis

At its user conference last week, Teradata Corp. announced products designed to keep it out in front in the high-end data warehousing race, including an appliance that can store up to 50 petabytes of data in massively parallel grids.

The Extreme Data Appliance 1550 starts at $16,500 per terabyte, said Scott Gnau, Teradata's chief development officer. He added that the device is designed for users seeking a relatively low-cost way to keep large volumes of historical data in a single data warehouse.

Companies with specialized analysis needs are the most likely buyers of the 1550, according to Teradata. Gnau said potential users include telecommunications carriers that want to examine huge batches of caller data records.

Forrester Research Inc. analyst James Kobielus said the new appliance should reinforce Teradata's hold on the extreme high end of the data warehousing market and help it compete with lower-cost offerings from rivals such as Sybase Inc. The big question, he added, is how Teradata will avoid cannibalizing sales of its pricier appliances.

At the user conference in Las Vegas, Teradata also detailed the next version of its namesake decision-support database, which will include storage virtualization capabilities and other new features. A beta release of Teradata 13.0 is due this quarter, and shipments are expected to start by mid-2009.

This version of this story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

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