Teradata's 64-bit move


Teradata's 64-bit move

Daniel Thomas
Datawarehousing specialist Teradata used its annual user conference in Florence earlier this month to announce a host of software releases and reveal plans to move its platforms on to a 64-bit architecture.

The company, part of retail systems giant NCR, said it would move its hardware platforms on to a 64-bit Intel Itanium II-based architecture, running both HP-UX and Windows (2000 and .net), during 2004.

Teradata's datawarehouse has traditionally been run on NCR's Unix-based platform, and some analysts have criticised the company for not providing enough support for alternative environments.

Mark Hurd, NCR's chief executive, rebutted these claims. "About 35% of our datawarehouse sales are now on Windows 2000 platforms, compared with 10% two years ago," he said. "We could go on to Linux if we wanted - there is nothing technical stopping us - but it is not a priority for us at the moment."

To complement its move to 64-bit computing, Teradata will release version 5.0 of its customer relationship management application in August, promising faster lead management and increased personalisation across all channels. The software, which will run on both Unix- and NT4-based platforms, has been enhanced for better identification of industry-specific business opportunities, the company said.

Teradata will also release version 6.0 of its Financial Services Logical Data Model software later this year. It is designed to to maximise the value of a datawarehouse by structuring and organising customer and business data.

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