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Message Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 @ 17:28:59 GMT

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Subj:   Teradata's operating systems
From:   Geoffrey Rommel

  Now, I do have some issues with the platform, not the least of which is my (annoying, to some) stance on their Operating System issues. I don't think they've got the best solution, and there are days I don't think they have one at all, but they are still the most stable database we have, period.  

As it happens, we had a visit from Todd Walter yesterday, and he explained their OS strategy to us. In a nutshell, it is this.

32-bit: MP-RAS and Windows NT/2000
These are available today and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.

64-bit: HP-UX and Windows, uh, something-or-other
These are scheduled to be available some time in 2003, or possibly 4Q of this year. Todd said that they are not tied to any HP hardware; apparently they are planning to build their own hardware using Intel chips (not HP chips). The delay in getting this to market, if I understood correctly, lies partly in the availability of 64-bit Intel chips and partly in getting all the software (compiler, linker, etc.) to compile 64-bit code.

Linux was also mentioned. Todd said that Linux is not yet well enough accepted in production data centers, but if it ever is, they might consider it.

I hope I have conveyed the correct information here.


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