Teradata introduces new big analaytics appliance

Business Intelligence

by CBR Staff Writer| 18 October 2012

The Aster Big Analytics Appliance provide users with transparent access to Hadoop and business analytics to knowledge workers

Analytic data applications provider Teradata has introduced Aster Big Analytics Appliance, the unified big analytics appliance that claims to combine open source Apache Hadoop and Teradata Aster.

The new appliance is optimised for demanding analytics, which require more computational power, memory, and data movement.

Teradata claims the new appliance offers up to 19 times better data throughput and performs analytics up to 35 times faster than a typical off-the-shelf commodity bundle.

The new appliance includes Teradata Aster patented SQL-MapReduce and Aster SQL-H to provide users with transparent access to Hadoop and provides business analytics.

It also offers pre-packaged ready-to-run analytical functions such as digital marketing optimisation, social network analysis, fraud detection, and analysis of machine-generated data in shorter time.

With the new appliance, customers can adopt MapReduce and Hadoop technologies without extensive training, the company said.

The appliance offers customers a discovery platform that delivers an application optimised for data exploration and big analytics insights.

The Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance features an Aster Database, including the patented Aster SQL-MapReduce framework, Hortonworks Data Platform, Aster MapReduce Analytics Portfolio with more than 50 analytical functions.

It runs on Teradata hardware, leverages current Intel processor chip technology, SUSE Linux operating system and enterprise-class storage. It stores a maximum of 5 petabytes of uncompressed user data for Aster and up to 10 petabytes of uncompressed user data for Hadoop.

Teradata and Hortonworks have worked together to integrate Hortonworks Data Platform with Teradata products for high-performance query and metadata exchange.

Additionally, enterprises can use the same trusted Teradata Viewpoint and Teradata Vital Infrastructure monitoring system to monitor and manage operations within their Hadoop cluster.

The new analytics appliance features: Aster SQL-H, Teradata Aster Big Analytics and Discovery Platform, Viewpoint Portlets and Aster Management Console.

Aster SQL-H software offers business analysts a bridge between standard business intelligence applications and access to big data sets stored in Apache Hadoop, leveraging the Hadoop's new metadata catalog called Apache HCatalog.

With Aster SQL-H, organisations can discover the invisible nuggets with standard SQL, BI and data visualisation tools from data in Hadoop while leveraging the performance and analytical innovation of the pre-packaged Aster MapReduce Analytics Portfolio.

Teradata Aster Big Analytics and Discovery Platform utilises Aster's patented SQL-MapReduce to parallelise the processing of data and applications and deliver analytic insights through the simplicity of structured query language (SQL) and business intelligence tools.

Viewpoint Portlets is a single, web-based suite of management and monitoring applications, offers Aster Database and Apache Hadoop administrators users access to system management information.

The Aster Management Console (AMC) is used to configure, manage, and monitor data, applications, and infrastructure. It also enables easy monitoring with dashboards, views of query and process execution, and easy drill-down.

Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance includes advanced server management features that monitor the system with diagnostic tools to detect and address any issues to maximize availability.

In addition, the embedded SQL and MapReduce engines provide parallel process of data analytics.

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