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EMC and Teradata indulge in unseemly row

A terribly unseemly row has broken out in the no-holds-barred world of data warehousing, as Teradata trades blows with rival EMC.

EMC kicked off the very public barney by claiming in Dutch mag DatabaseMagazine that Teradata products were not up to scratch, and paled in comparison to the might of its own Greenplum database management system (DBMS).

EMC pulled no punches in its potshots at Teradata, which it claimed “provides half as good performance at double the price” of Kickin’ Pat’s Greenplum DBMS.  While it might once have been easy enough to go around slating competitors in a range of languages, a quick hit of the Google Translate button was all that was needed for Teradata’s Martin Wilcox to get wind of the allegations.

In fact, the inaccuracies of the Google translator were not the only parts of the story that made Wilcox “laugh out loud”. We’re waiting on confirmation of any ROFLing or LMAOs.

Wilcox talks about EMC’s “extravagant claims” in his company blog, and subsequently laid into the firm, picking at many of the claims made by the named-and-shamed “EMC / Greenplum’s VP Central and Eastern Europe, Uwe Weimar”.

The interview was allegedly abound with factual accuracies and outlandish comments, with Wilcox variously railing at the exaggerated number of Greenplum employees and the hyping of “shared nothing massively parallel processing “ architectures.   Wilcox says that Teradata pioneered these all the way back in 1979.

But the most vitriolic comments were aimed at Greenplum’s inability to function using the archaic TPC-H data warehousing benchmark unless some queries were modified.

Wilcox hit back, saying that the benchmark was “light years away from the reality of real-world data warehouse implementations even seven years ago”, but Greenplum still coughs and splutters when put through its paces.

“The TPC-H specification now looks like an historical curiosity; an artefact of earlier, more carefree times, when the industry was young, requirements were simpler – and I still had my own hair,” says Wilcox.

We admit it may be puerile entertainment but we love a good schoolyard spat, and it appears that high ranking staff at both EMC and Teradata do as well.

Wilcox finished off responding to EMC’s “fighting talk” by wheeling out some of its own figures, stating that its products easily trump Greenplum when going head to head.

“If Greenplum really is twice as fast, at half the cost, why do thirteen-out-of-fourteen customers who have evaluated both solutions chose Teradata?”

Ooooohhh. Fighting words!

Teradata takes a pop at Oracle’s Exadata

An advert by Oracle claiming that Exadata is better than Teradata has caused the latter company to explode in anger and put slated performance benefits down to Intel rather than clever software.

A Teradata blog lashes out at Oracle, even though it says that it’s flattered by the attention.  

“It’s also entirely specious – and if you’re concerned that the philosophical parts of this post will either bore you, or represent a pointless exercise in self-justification, then feel free to skip straight to the penultimate section of this essay in order to cut straight to the chase,” the bog says.

The advert in question mentions a Japanese company, which Teradata’s bog says is Softbank.

“So is it true? Did Softbank Mobile (the company described in the advert and referenced elsewhere in Oracle’s marketing literature) really migrate from Teradata to Exadata – and see improved performance, plus a reduction in data centre space, power and cooling requirements into the bargain?
“Yes. All true, just as Oracle says it is,” the bog continues. It explains this by saying that Softbank’s existing Teradata system was obsolete. It claims that the improved performance was down to Intel, “not any advance in Oracle’s software technology”.

Teradata concludes by saying the Softbank design win came in 2009, and it’s surprised that Oracle keeps repeating the story two years on.

There’s more of the unseemly scrap, here

Teradata buys Aster Data for $263 million

Data warehousing company Teradata has managed to sign a definitive agreement to buy out Aster Data Systems, which specialises in analytics and data management. 

Teradata believes it is the leader in data warehousing and thinks having Aster Data in its roster will help it along the way, offering the chance for clients to sift through and lever volumes of data to “drive profitable growth”.

Teradata will receive Aster Data’s business, intellectual property and comple technology product line through a merger. Aster Data’s customers will come with the package, too, and employees can expect to be “integrated” not sacked as soon as the acquisition completes. 

Following on from Teradta’s 11 percent ownership in Aster Data in September 2010, it has agreed to shell out for the rest with an additional $263 million, including net of debt and expenses. It says it will receive the $21 million on Aster Data’s balance sheet when the deal closes. 

IBM to buy data storage firm Netezza for $1.7 billion

IBM has announced an agreement to buy data storage firm Netezza for $1.7 billion.

The all cash deal will see IBM pay $27 per share of Netezza, a 10 percent increase on its previous closing price of $24.60 per share.

The move comes only days after IBM’s CEO, Samuel J. Palmisano, slammed HP for paying $2.4 billion for storage company 3PAR, three times the company’s value. While it could be said that IBM is following suit by buying a storage company for a similar amount, IBM is only paying a 10 percent premium, compared to HP’s 300 percent premium for 3PAR.

The Netezza acquisition has raised some questions about other big storage companies, such as Teradata, which Larry Dignan at ZDNet believes may be bought out by HP. That is, of course, providing it can afford it after the 3PAR deal. Oracle may also be another candidate. There is even the possibility of a bidding war over Netezza, but given previous statements Palmisano is unlikely to play that game for long.

IBM was already one of Netezza’s partners for several years, along with other big names like Microsoft, EMC, Cognos, and SAS. Netezza also has Neiman Marcus, Time Warner, and Virgin Media as customers, all of whom will be added to IBM’s customer base should the transaction be approved.

Netezza, which is based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, was established in 2000 and currently operates in 12 countries with a workforce of just under 500. It makes products focusing on data storage, business analytics, and data compliance, while operating within a number of sectors, including digital media, government, energy, financial, telecommunications, health, and retail.

The acquisition will be subject to standard approval and regulatory processes.

Apple, IBM, Adobe, Citrix others sued over software patent

Another day, another patent action.

This time Apple, Activision, Adobe, Autodesk, Capcom, Citrix, Corel, Dassault, Delcam, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Frontrange Solutions, IBM, Intuit, Konami, Digital Entertainment, Maximizer Software, Nuance, Parametric Technology, Sage Software, Sega, Skype, SPSS, Teradata, THQ and Legacy Interactive are the numbers that have come up on the patent roulette wheel.

These companies are all being sued in an Illinois District Court by Software Restore Solutions LLC, which alleges that they have breached a patent it owns called Workgroup network manager for controlling the operation of workstations within the computer network. The US patent number is 5,832, 511.

All of these companies are alleged to infringe the patent by, for example in Adobe’s case, providing software apps designed to allow automated repair, resetting the software to configuration automatically comparing prior and current configurations.

This is a typical complaint against all of the defendants in this case.  Software Restore Solutions wants them all to deliver up damages for infringing the said patent.