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Message Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 @ 15:43:22 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Teradata on UNIX
From:   Charles Farley

Hi all-

I understand that HP-UX will be the first choice for NCR in the way of a new OS, but I think there may be some stumbling blocks...

I've discussed this before on this list, and I have some concerns over this as an OS choice. Not the least of which is HP-s decision to close down their New Jersey center in September, and lay off 120 or so core kernel developers, many of whom were working on the IA-64 architecture project. I have also heard , from people at HP, that there is a definite chance of IA-64 being delayed if it gets released at all. I'm seeing shades of the Sun deal and how that came down.

I'm not sure what to hope for anymore, I do think NCR and Teradata make some of the best stuff out there. When it comes to warehousing, I wouldn't use anything else, but honestly, I'm beginning to worry that there isn't much to be had for a decent replacement OS for MP-RAS on IA-64. I really do like MP-RAS, it has a lot of value and works quite well. I see the reasoning for dropping it, why spend money on OS devel you don't need to? But it's looking more and more like NCR is going to have to look at the OS again.

The rumors I've heard are unsubstantiated, and they might be wrong, too ;). As I've said before, my interest is to have a nice, manageable, and stable platform to run Teradata on that rivals (if not outstrips) MP-RAS as a performer. Many think that MP-RAS is merely there to run the database software and whatever you run on doesn't matter so much as long as it runs Teradata. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but teradata doesn't do device numbering, it doesn't do memory management, it doesn't do communications over the network or bynet. Teradata is a piece of software, that is the reason that CSF rates a database restart as a "WARNING" level alert, and not a FATAL or even CRITICAL, those are used when the OS itself or the hardware has an issue. And therein lies my desire for a great OS, one that is worthy and capable of running Teradata. I exclude any Windows OS here, I may be a bit of a unix bigot, but I've seen firsthand what sort of comparison there is to made between these, and windows is fine for small, and test applications, but I wouldn't run a 20K+ employee company on it. So, I patiently await my fate and hope for the best.

Thanks for listening,


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