Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop Looks to Ease Big Data Deployments

Working with partner Hortonworks, Teradata aims to reduce the pain of implementing big data solutions with a host of appliances, customer support and consulting services for Apache Hadoop.

Wed, June 26, 2013

CIO — The promise of harnessing big data for business insight and competitive advantage has drawn many organizations to explore Apache Hadoop over the past several years. But expertise in deploying, managing and using Hadoop can be hard to come by and expensive. Analytic data solutions company Teradata hopes to change that with its new Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop, a set of Hadoop-based product platforms, software, consulting services, training and customer support.

"We're taking Hadoop from Silicon Valley to Main Street," says Chris Twogood, director of Product and Services Marketing at Teradata. "We focused on answering the question, 'How do we make it easy for companies to integrate Hadoop into their enterprise data architecture."

"Teradata is now off and running as a trusted single source for all things Hadoop with many leading customers such as Dell, Inc., Otto Group, PT XL Axiata Tbk mobile telecommunications, Swisscom Schweiz AG, and Wells Fargo Bank," adds Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs. "We built the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop to support organizations struggling with Hadoop implementations by taking the complexity and cost out of deploying and managing the solutions."

Teradata worked closely with Hortonworks, one of the major contributors to the Apache Hadoop project, to develop the portfolio.

"Teradata and Hortonworks have extended their strategic partnership to allow Teradata to resell and offer support for Hortonworks Data Platform," says Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. "Working together, we are simplifying the deployment of Apache Hadoop and enabling customers to leverage all their data to create substantial business value. Now Teradata can offer the proven 100 percent open-source Hortonworks Data Platform, customer support, and direct access to the latest technologies coming from the Apache Hadoop community."

Teradata Unveils Two Turnkey Hadoop Appliances

Twogood explains that the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop is intended to address a range of implementation needs, from IT organizations that want turnkey, ready-to-run solutions to engineering-led IT departments that want to build their own systems, but have Teradata in the background for support.

For IT departments that prefer the turnkey approach, the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop has two premium platforms: Teradata Appliance for Hadoop and Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance.

The Teradata Appliance for Hadoop is a tightly integrated hardware and software appliance that Teradata has optimized for enterprise-class data storage and management. It sports the latest generation of Intel technology and a combination of Mellanox InfiniBand fabric-based hardware and Teradata BYNET V5 software.

Teradata says it provides enhanced reliability with its customer service and Teradata Vital Infrastructure, which it says proactively detects and addresses 70 percent of any system failures. It also provides out-of-the-box NameNod high availability for seamless failover. For manageability, it has added new Hadoop portlets to its Teradata Viewpoint web-based system management portal.

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