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Message Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2001 @ 00:57:49 GMT
I was referring to non-TPA nodes, and NCR still actively sells them for client work on Teradata. There are some advantages to being bynet attached. Many customers have them, and suffer with the 2 gig. limit, or use Terafile (and possibly other solutions) to get around the limit, but these work arounds are not a good long term solution. In customer sites having non-TPA nodes, attempting to convince the customer that they should purchase yet another platform to run ETL processes is like beating your head against the wall. They have been sold a platform, and want to run on it. They also want to run SAS, and other tools there, but without the limitations we currently live with. NCR publicly announced that they were porting to Solaris quite some time ago, and for reasons best left out of this discussion group it has been delayed. NT is suggested as a solution, but may not be acceptable politcally to some customers. I have several for whom this comment applies.
In my comments about Teradata not being the end of the line for data, I am not suggesting that Teradata isn't a first rate data warehousing system. Instead what I'm pointing out is that it must deal with data coming from other systems, and going to other systems. You need to be able to communicate with any environment that the customer may need, including delimited files, and large files in non- mainframe environments. That's the real world. I've been supporting Teradata systems for many years, and have been one of the strongest supporters of Teradata, both before NCR, and since. It has no equal today, but that doesn't mean that you don't do some things outside the warehouse which require you to support industry standard formats, and passing of large amounts of data. These may not be other databases that you can attach to with OLE-DB. It would also be nice to support standard encryption and compression techniques. That's part of being an open system. It is not criticism of the product to suggest enhancements, and support for additional capabilities beyond what are there today. That's what keeps it industry leading.
Have a great day.
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