I’m very excited that Teradata has announced four new offerings which add to our rapidly-expanding set of capabilities to help companies move from analytics to answers wherever they are on their cloud journey:
 
  1. Teradata will soon expand its public cloud deployment offerings to include Google Cloud Platform (GCP). With this addition, Teradata’s as-a-service offerings will be available across the top three global public cloud providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
  2. Teradata is adding native support for low-cost storage – via object stores Amazon S3 and Azure Blob – to ensure that Teradata Vantage customers can easily access and query 100% of their data to get a complete and integrated view of their business. 
  3. Teradata is adding consumption, or pay-as-you-go, pricing, which gives Vantage customers the freedom to perform complex analytics on virtually any amount of data and pay only for what they used, down to the millisecond.
  4. Teradata is offering a Hadoop Migration Program – a collection of tools, processes and services that help companies quickly move away from Hadoop and instead modernize their infrastructure with Vantage and native support for cloud object stores. 
Teradata is absolutely committed to providing the best enterprise analytic capabilities in the cloud with Vantage software. We enable companies to start small and elastically scale resources only when needed, and then pay only for what they use.
Teradata is absolutely committed to providing the best enterprise analytic capabilities in the cloud with Vantage software. We enable companies to start small and elastically scale resources only when needed, and then pay only for what they use.
Adding Google Cloud Platform to the global footprint already offered by Teradata with AWS and Azure will provide customers with unrivaled choice and flexibility with how and where they use Vantage. Plus, with native support for low-cost storage as well as an industry-first Hadoop Migration Program, organizations will be able to access and query all their data, regardless of where it is, to get an unrivaled view of virtually every aspect of their business.
 
Let’s look at each of the four:

Google Cloud

In 2020, Teradata will expand its public cloud deployment offerings to include Google Cloud Platform. Offering Vantage on GCP means that Teradata manages performance, security, availability and operations of the enterprise analytic environment using Vantage software and GCP compute and storage infrastructure so that customers can focus on finding answers to their toughest business challenges.
 
Business leaders are increasingly looking to cloud services to access and use software rather than take on the responsibility, cost and effort involved with owning and maintaining IT infrastructure. Many companies have chosen Google Cloud – a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube – as their preferred public cloud service provider. By partnering with Google Cloud, Teradata offers its customers the powerful analytic capabilities they need in the public cloud environment they prefer.
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Availability: Vantage on GCP is planned to be available in 2020.
 

Native Support for Low-Cost Storage

With native support for low-cost storage – via object stores Amazon S3 and Azure Blob – Teradata is ensuring that Vantage customers can access and query all their data, all the time, to get a complete and integrated view of every aspect of their business.
 
Low-cost object storage is used for capturing and retaining all data at raw fidelity from each source, such as equipment sensors, internet clickstreams, customer service calls, social media accounts and more. With new built-in support for low-cost storage (known as Native Object Store, or NOS), Vantage will now be able to natively integrate with and query modern data lakes that use Amazon S3 and Azure Blob. Enabling customers to join raw data with enterprise data opens the door to a much more complete and insightful view of their organization.
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Availability: NOS is in private preview now, with GA planned in the first half of 2020.
 

Consumption Pricing

With the addition of consumption – or pay-as-you-go – pricing for Vantage, Teradata gives its customers the freedom to perform complex analytics on virtually any amount of data and pay only for resources used, down to the millisecond, with zero upfront commitment. Previously, only data mart-grade point products could offer pay-as-you-go capabilities. This innovation shifts the deployment risk from customers to Teradata, a huge value-add for enterprises seeking maximum financial and operational flexibility.
 
Customers who are particularly price sensitive, who want to avoid large upfront investments, and who want to accurately charge usage to the appropriate departments will appreciate Consumption for Vantage. Since this is an as-a-service offer in which Teradata monitors and manages resource utilization, IT users need no longer worry about system sizing or resource forecasting; this is all handled by Teradata Operations. A customer will simply use as much or as little as they need and internally charge back the appropriate department(s) for the actual usage.
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Availability: Consumption is in private preview now, with GA planned in the first half of 2020.
 

Hadoop Migration Service

Many companies invested significant time and money in the promise of Hadoop, but the industry has since evolved to an architecture that embraces the separation of compute and storage and leverages cloud object stores like Amazon S3 and Azure Blob. The shift away from Hadoop has created substantial uncertainty in a market that increasingly values predictability in both cost and performance.
 
Teradata’s Hadoop Migration Program – a collection of tools, processes and services – helps companies rapidly and easily move away from Hadoop and instead leverage a modern cloud architecture using Vantage integrated with cloud object stores. The move decreases customers’ ecosystem complexity while providing ease-of-use and broad access to the entire analytical environment. With Vantage supported by cloud infrastructure, customers can expect faster analytic results leading to better decisions, greater business agility and an inherent ability to drive greater value from their investment.
 
Components of the Teradata Hadoop Migration offering include a service for each stage of the transition: a platform assessment service that evaluates a current Hadoop environment; a planning service that recommends technology solutions and architecture; and an implementation service that migrates data, schema, pipelines, and applications to Vantage and other technologies, including cloud object stores.
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Availability: Hadoop migration services are now available globally.


Great Stuff, and More to Come

These announcements reflect the cloud-first commitment that Teradata embraces for helping companies move from analytics to answers wherever they are on their cloud journey. We’ve invested in the people, process, and technologies to modernize cloud architectures and leverage the best of what’s available in every environment, including hybrid cloud ecosystems. I’m delighted and proud to be part of such a mountain-moving team.
 
Please contact your Teradata account team – or go to Teradata.com/Cloud – to learn more about these new capabilities.
Brian Wood
Brian Wood is director of cloud marketing at Teradata. He has over 15 years' experience leading all areas of technology marketing in cloud, wireless, IT, software, and data analytics. He earned an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford, a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and served as an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer in the US Navy.
 
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