Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, announced that Teradata V2R5.0, the newest version of its flagship database and a component of Teradata Warehouse 7.0, outperformed the most recently published IBM ten-terabyte and Oracle/ Hewlett Packard three-terabyte Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC-H) industry benchmark results.

"While Teradata solidly outperformed the competition at both volume levels, we believe that the aging TPC-H industry benchmarks have become irrelevant as the sole means to evaluate vendor performance," said Vickie Farrell, vice president of Teradata warehouse marketing. "Smart customers recognize the limitations of generic, static industry benchmarks."

"The TPC-H benchmarks do not reflect the real- world usage of a data warehouse," said Alan Chow, senior vice president, Teradata research and development. "Before investing in an enterprise data warehouse, we recommend that customers thoroughly check references of businesses in the same industry, and if necessary, run a benchmark that reflects their real-world enterprise data warehouse environment."

At the three-terabyte performance volume level, the Teradata database topped Oracle9i release 2/Hewlett Packard by 194 percent. Teradata price/performance was the same as Oracle at the three-terabyte level.

At the ten- terabyte volume level, Teradata surpassed IBM DB2 UDB 8.1 performance by 31 percent and the price/performance results were identical.

According to Winter Corporation President Richard Winter, "Real data warehouses have data structures and workloads that are far more complex and dynamic than any standard benchmark. Therefore, companies should make critical data warehouse decisions only after benchmarking against their current and anticipated requirements and investigating comparable, production reference sites."

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