The company has traditionally focused on large-scale data warehouses used by companies including Ford, Coca-Cola and Iceland Foods in the UK, to support company-wide business intelligence applications. It has now expanded the range of products to support users that do not require the enterprise features of its full-blown product.
With a price of $67,000 per terabyte, the Teradata 550 is aimed at departmental data warehouse applications. Designed to run a single application or support testing and software development, the SMP 550 can handle up to six terabytes and supports both Novell SUSE Linux 64-bit operating system and Windows.
Along with the 550 appliance, the company has made available its Teradata 12 database as a standalone product. This allows users to run Teradata on their own Intel-based server hardware, rather than use the Teradata appliance.
A free developer version of Teradata 12, called Express Edition, is also available. Teradata said this works on Windows servers and laptops and has been designed for software development, testing and learning. Teradata Express Edition includes the Teradata 12 database and Teradata Tools and Utilities.