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Teradata Turns One-Stop Hadoop Shop

It claims its innovations have made Hadoop easier to integrate into modern enterprise data architectures

Teradata Wednesday unveiled the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop, which it touted as offering "the most open, flexible and comprehensive options" to deploy and manage Apache Hadoop.

The widgetry offers customers flexible new Hadoop-based product platforms, software, consulting services, training and customer support.

Teradata claims its innovations have made Hadoop easier to integrate into modern enterprise data architectures and enable more users to know more, and do more with data in Hadoop.

For IT departments who want turnkey, ready-to-run solutions, Teradata is offering two premium platforms: Teradata Appliance for Hadoop and a Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance.

For engineering-led IT departments who prefer to build their own systems, but want Teradata support, two commodity platforms for Hadoop are available: Teradata Commodity Configuration for Hadoop and Teradata Software Only for Hadoop.

Organizations can choose depending on enterprise expertise and budgetary constraints. Teradata offers the flexibility to seamlessly move Hadoop projects from development to production because of the common Hortonworks Data Platform underlying the portfolio.

The idea is to make Hadoop a valuable part of the next-generation Teradata Unified Data Architecture, which integrates the Teradata data warehouse platform, the Teradata Aster discovery platform, and Hadoop technology to give enterprises an end-to-end analytical solution that supports any type of data.

Teradata claims its premium-level platforms benefit from unique software features not available from other vendors that enhance Hadoop's reliability, manageability and connectivity, and improve its ease of use.

The Teradata Appliance for Hadoop has enhanced reliability with Teradata Customer Service and Teradata Vital Infrastructure, which proactively detects and addresses 70% of any system failures to keep customers productive. Teradata also provides out-of-the-box NameNode high availability for seamless failover to maintain uninterrupted access for users and applications.

To boost manageability, Teradata Viewpoint, a web-based system management portal has added new Hadoop portlets to provide a consistent interface across the entire Teradata Unified Data Architecture.

Hadoop is now easier for analysts to use thanks to Teradata SQL-H and Teradata Aster SQL-H, which offer a seamless bridge between standard business intelligence applications and data in Hadoop. Teradata SQL-H and Teradata Aster SQL-H also offer rich data connectivity via Teradata Studio with a smart loader for Hadoop and bi-directional bulk data connectors.

The new Teradata Appliance for Hadoop offers a tightly integrated hardware and software appliance optimized for enterprise-class data storage and management. Together with Hortonworks Data Platform software it offers fast performance with the latest generation of Intel technology, and the combination of Mellanox InfiniBand fabric-based hardware and Teradata BYNET V5 software with new scaling capability.

Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance is the first big analytics and discovery appliance to bring together Aster Database, SQL-MapReduce and Apache Hadoop. Optimized for data discovery with more than 70 pre-packaged analytic functions and optional Hadoop nodes, it's supposed to offer the right mix of data staging and analytic processing to unlock hidden insights in multi-structured data.

It's been enhanced to make it easier to expand the number of processing nodes within the cabinet as data volumes grow. Mellanox' InfiniBand fabric-based hardware combined with new scaling capability and Teradata's BYNET V5 software enable the processing of large amounts of data to deliver results in record time.

ComCast, Swisscom Schweiz AG and Wells Fargo Bank are reportedly using the appliance.

Teradata has partnered with Dell and Hortonworks to offer the Teradata Commodity Offering for Hadoop to customers wanting to deploy Hadoop on commodity servers. This option offers a lower cost, standard hardware configuration optimized for the Hortonworks Data Platform. Customers work directly with Dell on purchase and installation. Teradata will support the Hortonworks Data Platform software and configure the system to integrate with Teradata Unified Data Architecture.

The Teradata Software Only for Hadoop option is meant for customers that want to source, configure and optimize their own hardware. It comes with the Hortonworks Data Platform and is fully supported by Teradata customer service.

Teradata has partnered with several software vendors to provide more security and enterprise integration for Hadoop as part of the enterprise data architecture. Protegrity Big Data Protector is bundled with the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop so users can have file and field-level data security for sensitive data ranging from privacy to PCI. It even provides protection against privileged user threats.

Meanwhile, Revelytix Loom provides a smarter Hadoop for the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop, including dynamic dataset management, automatically calculated data lineage for all transformations, and active scan entity resolution, which automatically detects, parses and profiles any new HDFS files. This provides better data governance and faster time to value for new incoming big data sets.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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