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Message Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 @ 19:42:26 GMT


     
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Subj:   Re: Teradata on UNIX
 
From:   Charles Farley

I have also pursued this with NCR, and what I have gotten is the reply that it is not yet "data-center ready". This is much the same as what I hear from MBAs in the halls at my work that read too many trade magazines and don't get their hands dirty. I thinkNCR has looked at this, and I think that their position is coming not from the technical side, but from a business side that tells them that, if there isn't acceptance of this at the corporate level, how can we sell this to corporate customers? I understand, and I also think that there are many within NCR that see the technical merits of looking at Linux (I'd bet they have a database up and running on it, those guys/gals are incredible!!!). But the team that decides what goes in the marketplace is NOT the same on that would create the code. So, I'm not blaming NCR, but I did get the distinct feeling that, if there were enough demand, and probing, they would seriously examine releasing SOMETHING with Linux. They are looking at the tools porting to Linux, and I think there are some alpha sites testing them out there. I think this is a great first step, but I hope it isn't the last.

I'm not one for letter writing, etc., but if you're honestly interested (and concerned over the future of Teradata at your shop), ask your sales rep about this issue. If they shrug you off, ask your pre-sales tech, those guys are always good to me. They are testing the waters right now, from what I can see, and I think they are looking for a successful position to put themselves in so that they can concentrate on other things for a while (making money)...

In the end, I think Linux is a great option that NCR needs to examine more closely, the split of the 2.4 kernel is behind us, it's 64-bit ready, device numbering is about to be standardized in 2.5, and there are a lot more upsides, as well as the economical benefits that NCR might see out of a Linux solution. Heck, they could take the same train as many other software vendors, and release their own "Linux distro", with specific targeting at Teradata with the apps., after all Linux is just a kernel...

let's hear it for Linux,

loadc



     
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