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Subj:   Re: Pondering
 
From:   John Adams

"Teradata Forum (TDATA-L)" wrote:

  What is better, Teradata or Oracle?  



Note that Teradata has eight characters in its name, but only uses five letters of the alphabet, as opposed to the wasteful six/six ratio of Oracle. This is a clear advantage, which no amount of FUD can obscure.

However, the Oracle people do have very nice muffins in their training facility in Irving--and for free!--whereas the amenities at Sugar Camp are pretty much limited to beverages. But this is just a matter of ramping up, learning curve, and all that jazz.

Seriously, though? From a DBA point of view, Teradata is immensely easier to work with. That should translate into lower costs, even given that Teradata talent is less common and thus more expensive than Oracle talent.

That's my very limited point of view--to which I'll add that the relatively small user base of Teradata is a disadvantage relative to many RDBMSes, including Oracle. I can find much information on (for instance) Oracle, whereas I have to +search+ for equivalent TD info.

Assuming the NCR point of view is accurate--that Teradata will continue gaining market share as extrememly large databases become more common -- and I do share that assumption, this disadvantage to lessen over time.


John A



     
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