April 15, 2013 – Teradata introduced new enterprise access and storage capabilities for the emerging Hadoop set as it aims to keep in line with traditional data warehousing concerns.

Released today under Teradata’s Enterprise Access for Hadoop umbrella are:

  • Teradata Studio with Smart Loader for Hadoop, a solution for searching and moving data between Teradata environments and Hadoop, geared toward the business analyst and featuring support for commercial distributions from Hortonworks and Cloudera.
  • Teradata SQL-H, which enables analytics to run in-memory on Teradata as queries are pulled from Hadoop, to cut down on duplication or unnecessary storage.

Behind the scenes of the Hadoop releases and in line with its Unified Data Architecture, Teradata also launched a new Active Enterprise Data Warehouse 6700 platform with a fabric-based computing backbone.
There have been a flurry of moves by traditional analytics and data warehousing vendors to integrate and connect with Hadoop as the open source framework carries much of the nuts-and-bolts talk about digging into big data. However, Steve Wooledge, VP of marketing for Terada Unified Architecture, says Monday’s releases are meant in part to keep the Hadoop trend in line with standing enterprise concerns over security, access and the changing nature of emerging developer communities.

“Companies are looking for the best way to integrate Hadoop. They’re forking off data, they’re going off main distribution paths. We’ve been here on different fronts and, historically, we’ve seen that that doesn’t tend to play out well,” Wooledge says, later adding, “With UNIX for example, it all eventually went to Linux. We think a similar thing is going to happen with Hadoop.”

That said, Wooledge says deepening connections with Hadoop isn’t about tacking on another data layer or keeping up with rival offerings, but rather meant for “opening up options, because every customer is different.”

Sixth Sense Advisors CEO Krish Krishnan says he sees particular analytic and access advantages from the new releases for existing Teradata customers. In connection with recent releases and data discovery capabilities brought in through the 2011 deal for Aster Data, Teradata is reflecting the changing nature of enterprise data warehousing and consumption, says Krishnan.

“This is not a ‘me too’ solution, and shows the maturity in thinking and architecture, a great effort from the integrated R&D stables of Teradata,” he says.

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