By Rob Armstrong, Director, Teradata Labs Customer Briefing Team
After presenting for years at the Teradata User Group meetings, it was refreshing to see some changes in this roadshow. While I had my usual spot on the agenda to present Teradata’s latest database release (15.0), we had some hot new topics including Cloud and Hadoop, some more business level folks were there, more companies researching Teradata’s technology (vs. just current users) and there was a hands-on workshop the following day for the more technically inclined looking to walk through real world Unified Data Architecture™ (UDA) use cases of a Teradata customer. While LA tends to be a smaller venue than most, the room was packed and we had 40% more attendees compared with last year.
I would be remiss if I did not give a big Thanks to the partner sponsors of the user group meeting. In LA we had Hortonworks and Dot Hill as our gold and silver sponsors. I took a few minutes to chat with them and found out some interesting upcoming items. Most notably, Lisa Sensmeier from Hortonworks talked to me about Hadoop Summit which is coming up in San Jose, June 3-5th. Jim Jonez, from Dot Hill, gave me the latest on their newest “Ultra Large” disk technology where they’ll have 48 1 TB drives in a single 2U rack. It is not in the Teradata line up yet, but we are certainly intrigued for the proper use case.
Now, I’d like to take a few minutes to toot my own horn about the Teradata Database 15.0 presentation that had some very exciting elements to help change the way users get to and analyze all of their data. You may have seen the recent news releases, but if not, here is a quick recap:
- Teradata 15.0 continues our Unified Data architecture with the new Teradata QueryGrid. This is the new environment to define and access data from Teradata to other data servers such as Apache Hadoop (Hortonwoks), Teradata Aster Discovery Platform, Oracle, and others. This lays the foundation for an extension to even more foreign data servers. 15.0 simplifies the whole definition and usage as well as added bi-directional and predicate pushdown. In a related session, Cesar Rojas provided some good recent examples of customers taking advantage of the entire UDA ecosystem where data from all of the Teradata offerings were used together to generate new actions.
- The other big news in 15.0 is the inclusion of the JSON data type. This allows customers to store direct JSON documents in a column and then apply “schema on read” for much greater flexibility with greatly reduced IT resources. As the JSON document changes, there is no table or database changes necessary to absorb the new content.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the next Teradata User Group event coming your way, or better yet, just go to the webpage: http://www.teradata.com/user-groups/ to see where the bus stops next and to register. The TUGs are free of charge. Perhaps we’ll cross paths as I make the circuit? Until then, ‘Keep Calm and Analyze On’ (as the cool kids say).
Since joining Teradata in 1987, Rob Armstrong has worked in all areas of the data warehousing arena. He has gone from writing and supporting the database code to implementing and managing systems at some of Teradata’s largest and most innovative customers. Currently Rob provides sales and marketing support by traveling the globe and evangelizing the Teradata solutions.