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October 14, 2008

Teradata Labs Unveils SSD Data Warehouse Solution

Teradata (News - Alert) Corporation, a company that specializes on data warehousing and enterprise analytics, has unveiled a working prototype which demonstrates the potential use of solid state disk (SSD) drives in a data warehouse environment.
A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device has no moving parts, and in consumer applications, it has a high level of mechanical reliability. SSD drives are capable of offering reliable and ultra fast storage capability. Another great advantage of this type of storage device is that it is highly power efficient. Usage of SSD in data warehouse applications is gaining popularity as well.
“Today at our user group conference, Teradata Labs is demonstrating the future of data warehousing,” said said Scott Gnau, chief development officer at Teradata, in a statement. “Teradata Labs has developed a working prototype that leverages the solid state technology and validates our vision for a broad family of products to serve the diverse needs of our customers.”
Gnau continued: "Any data warehousing application is highly dependent on I/O or input-output performance. The SSD technology will offer more than two times improvement in performance and support blindingly-fast analytics, while also decreasing power consumption. We anticipate that the incorporation of SSD technology will result in more than a 50 percent power savings."
Teradata is getting ready to deploy a data warehouse appliance configuration as early as 2009, depending on the market price and performance of SSD technology.
Teradata doesn't plan to abandon traditional hard drives. Because of its newly announced Teradata Virtual Storage architecture, customers will be able to leverage the price/performance of storage technology that best meets their business and budget needs. Customers will be able to choose from an SSD-only appliance configuration or mix SSD drives with traditional hard drives in a single, integrated Teradata enterprise data warehouse.
Teradata Virtual Storage will automatically move data based on usage patterns to match the performance characteristics of the storage. "Hot" or frequently accessed data will be placed on the faster drives such as SSD drives, and "cold" or infrequently accessed data will be placed on slower drives. This hybrid approach, the company said, is the most cost effective way to balance performance and storage costs.
"The beauty of Teradata's parallel architecture is that it was designed to leverage industry standard technology," said Gnau. "Teradata's file system, automated data management, intelligent query optimizer, and virtualized database kernel, allow us to be market leaders in integrating new innovative technology."

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Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke

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