Teradata announced today a portfolio several new products and services incorporating Hadoop. The one that caught my eye was the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop: a new standalone server pre-installed with the Hortonworks HDP 1.3 Hadoop Distribution. The appliance offers integrated hardware and software, and also includes things like system monitoring software from Teradata (the appliance can "phone home" if any problems arise), security and data access features from Protegrity, and the Loom metadata and dataset manager for Hadoop data from Revelytix. Technical support is provided by Teradata and backed by the team at Hortonworks.
While other appliance vendors (notably Oracle and IBM) have integrated Hadoop with their products before — as does Teradata's own Aster Big Analytics Appliance — it's interesting to see Teradata come out with a "pure-play" Hadoop offering. As the Hadoop ecosystem matures in functionality (in-Hadoop predictive analytics are on the horizon, for example), it's easy to see the value in dedicated, off-the-shelf Hadoop appliances. With Teradata handling much of the burden of provisioning, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting the Hadoop cluster, it will be easy to focus on the real goal: getting value out of the data it contains.
Teradata press releases: Teradata Delivers Industry’s First Flexible, Comprehensive Hadoop Portfolio