At the 2015 Teradata Universe event in Amsterdam, we learned that Teradata is not just a company with a long track record in the storage, management, and analysis of data, but one with a strong vision of where the future of data – and its effective use – lies. Alongside product announcements, Teradata's co-president, Hermann Wimmer, delivered a strong privacy and security message which Ovum believes will serve it well in the long run.
Data tools to tackle the expanding data landscape
First to the announcements. Teradata's QueryGrid capability represents one of the key principles of Teradata's vision; data is everywhere and that should not be an obstacle to analyzing it. QueryGrid provides adopters the opportunity to orchestrate analysis of data across an extended range of sources / analytical engines (including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, and different instances of Teradata).
Next up, and in a similar vein to QueryGrid in terms of unifying disparate data sources, is the Teradata Software Defined Warehouse, an enhancement to the Teradata Database. The Software Defined Warehouse offers the ability to consolidate across multiple instances to simplify management while maintaining corporate governance and security standards. Many organizations are looking to simplify their data landscapes and the use of a software-defined warehouse could, for some, represent a straightforward solution over other options, for example, a massive rationalization.
The final announcement was the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2800. For some, dedicated hardware may seem a little retro. I disagree with this generalization; the right tool for the job may be commodity hardware, as in the case of a mission-critical use case with high performance and availability expectations. A spectrum of capabilities is required and this product recognizes that need.
The importance of an open conversation about the significance of privacy, in the context of the value that organizations expect to extract from data, is a topic I have been talking about for some time. Mr. Wimmer spoke directly to this point, suggesting it is not just about legal frameworks and compliance, but a matter of trust. This trust, suggested Mr. Wimmer, is central to corporate responsibility. I expect it to climb up the corporate agenda, not least because for those who cannot build that trust, the value of data will be capped – users will stop providing permission (either through preference selection, or very directly by not using some services) for the use of their data.
Tom Pringle, Practice Leader, IT – Information Management