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Message Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 @ 12:48:14 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Storing Sound
From:   Victor Sokovin

  I've been asked whether we can store pictures and sound within Teradata. Whilst I know we can store pictures - although I've never done it and I'm not familiar with the technique - I've no idea whether it's possible to store sound, for example conversations.  

  Anyone know, or actually done it ?  

The idea did occur to me and I posted a similar question a year or so ago. The replies at that time seemed to suggest that nobody really was exploring it. There is probably no business sense in doing it. Teradata is too expensive for storing this relatively simple unstructured data. Storage is way too expensive and there is no convenient LOB interface for loading and extracting LOB data. If you need to load the data on a regular basis you have to use low-level programming interfaces because standard utilities do not support LOB. SQLA can do a good ad-hoc job but that's probably all you can expect from the tools and utilities. These days you get a lot more from open-source databases or other vendors.

Yet another interesting market Teradata entirely missed out on. Sigh.



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