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Subj:   Re: Teradata on Solaris SPARC Platforms?
From:   Charles Farley

Hi all-

--- Alfredo Garcia Perez wrote:

  Anyone has notices about when Teradata should be available over Sun SPARC III platforms, running Solaris 8?  

Ahh, my favorite topic, and a good question as well. Just my two cents, but I'm betting that Teradata will remain on the Intel platform and seek out an OS that will allow them to stay there. The search for an OS is not going as well as one would hope, apparently. The first candidate being x86 Solaris, I did hear some rumors around this that NCR had some fully functional prototype systems up and running Teradata on Sparcs.

Well, that went down the tubes with the Intel/Sun issues. Next appears to be HP-UX on Intel, but that is not looking all that rosy, either. HP and Compaq possibly combining, both having their own unix variant, and both having their own proprietary RISC chips, things look odd. Along with that, HP's new "blade" systems being released first with Linux, and (much) later with HP-UX, on PA-RISC only. Since IA-64 is due out at the end of next year, and that is also the release date for the HP-UX "blade" servers, and I know that you can get an IA_64 box from HP, with the right connections, so, that being said, why isn't HP talking about the blades running HP-UX with Intels?

Could it be that they knocked out a lot of their IA-64 developers in closing their New Jersey plant? Perhaps they've decided to keep their OS on their proprietary hardware and not turn their OS into a "commodity" as many of the open source people are now saying Sun has done (they're, the Open people, happy about that, BTW).

Anyway, I wish Teradata ran on any hardware I wanted it to, and that NCR just spec'd out the config for me, but I don't think that'll happen, and I don't see them going to Sparc, though that would be a really cool system to work on. Good luck, and I'm sorry if this seems like bad news, I do have to say, no matter what NCR decides, I would still run Teradata, there just isn't anything better.

Thanks for listening,


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