Teradata Turns to the Cloud, Offers Data Warehouse as a Service

Aiming to give customers the flexibility to store, process and leverage their data on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, Teradata is making its portfolio of platforms and services available via the cloud, including Data Warehouse as a Service, Discovery as a Service and Data Management as a Service.

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Wed, October 23, 2013

CIO — Are you ready for a big data cloud? Teradata is aiming to make it happen. At its Partners Users Group Conference in Dallas this week, Teradata introduced the Teradata Cloud, which takes the company's entire portfolio—including Teradata Database and Teradata Aster Discovery Platform—and makes it available via a subscription model.

"The key thing is choice," says Chris Twogood, vice president of product and services marketing at Teradata. "We have not dummied it down. For our customers, it comes down to geography or location. Do you want it on-premises inside your data center, or do you want to put it up in the cloud? What do you want to do in terms of the cash flow model?"

"Our focus is really about providing a complete solution stack, whether you do it on-premises or whether you do it in the cloud," he adds. "Our model is TCO-neutral. It balances out over about three years."

In the end, he says, the idea is to provide complete flexibility to customers, allowing them to deploy on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment as their business demands. Some businesses, like Teradata customer Netflix, have a cloud-only mandate, he says. The Teradata Cloud ensures that they can stick to that mandate.

"They've got hundreds of users literally hitting billions of different data points," Twogood says. "They're a company that does everything in the cloud. They want to be able to do their decision support in the cloud too."

For other customers, he says, the Teradata Cloud will provide a complement to their existing data warehouses and analytics capabilities, allowing them to expand and experiment. It also provides options for companies that may have perceived Teradata solutions as out of reach, or even for divisions within businesses that are looking to experiment.

"If you're looking to expand, you can do your big data analytics in the cloud," he says. "If you find results, you can easily move those results and operationalize them inside your data warehouse."

Three Ds as a Service

At the core of the Teradata Cloud are three new services (one available now, the other two slated for the first half of 2014): Data Warehouse as a Service, Discovery as a Service and Data Management as a Service.

Powered by Teradata Database, the Data Warehouse as a Service piece is available now in the U.S. via a monthly subscription. It provides access to Teradata Database, ETL and BI ecosystems, managed by Teradata, in a secure and reliable production class environment in the cloud. Teradata says it assumes responsibility for the hardware/software and daily end-to-end operations via Teradata Managed Services.

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