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Message Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 @ 17:50:23 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Open Systems v/s Proprietary
From:   McBride, Michael

Don't you think someone said the exact same words when Teradata first hit the market with the DBC 1012 back in the mid 80's. Look how far they have come. I have been a longtime Teradata fan and supporter, because they have always provided the best product for VLDB, Data Warehousing, and Decision Support platforms (however their price/performance rating has always been poor). But, the industry does not stand still. And the people behind Netezza are virtually the same people that were behind Teradata 20 years ago. They have some of the original Teradata "teckies" in the shop and have one of the original Teradata financial backers bankrolling them.

You don't think they can survive even if they provide faster performance (waiting for TCP-H benchmarks) and lower price (price/performance has to be the big issue here). Teradata vs. the server industry of the 80's was just as much a David and Goliath scenario as Netezza might be now. In the first story David killed the giant, in Teradata's case one of the giants (NCR) befriended it, only to kill the original idea, but Teradata survived by being the best performing DBMS out there, that is, until now. So, in Netezza's case, will history repeat itself, or will David walk away in defeat?


A Teradata Certified Master
Michael McBride

PS. I know others vendors have tried (IBM's SP2 servers as a case in point) and failed, but you have to wonder considering the background and nature of the concept?

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