Teradata is primarily known as a data warehouse company, but it is looking to change that through its Unified Data Architecture and high-profile partnerships.
One of those partnerships is with MapR, an Apache Hadoop distribution provider. The two companies are working closely on Teradata Hadoop integration by bridging MapR's distribution and UDA. Road maps are being aligned, and the two are working on a unified go-to-market offering.
For Teradata, the partnership is about offering customers choice and simplicity when it comes to Hadoop. To tighten Teradata Hadoop integration, the company has partnered with several major distros already, including a deal with Cloudera and another one with Hortonworks (which recently filed for IPO), so MapR is the latest addition to the list of heavyweights in the space.
The expanded partnership makes sense for MapR because it extends how customers can use it and taps into Teradata’s customer base.
The Hadoop space is of great interest to all those in the big data world and enterprise end users. Google Capital recently led a $110 million round for MapR. The company said its Q1 bookings were triple what they were in the first quarter of last year.
Teradata will resell MapR software, professional services and customer support, acting as point of contact for customers using both offerings. Teradata will also provide MapR education and training services.
UDA is a big part of Teradata’s plans. However, the company isn’t solely partnering. It continues to build out functionality into its platform, particularly around orchestration and analytics.
Most recently it introduced Connection Analytics, driven by data and able to perform against disparate data sets at massive scale. Connection Analytics is powered by another fairly recent addition, the Teradata Aster Discovery Platform, a tool that provides insights that extend advanced analytics to business analysts for looking at contextual relationships between people, products, and processes.
Orchestration capabilities Teradata QueryGrid and Teradata Loom will be integrated into MapR software. QueryGrid is a data fabric for transferring data between Teradata databases, Aster Discovery Platform , NoSQL databases, and other technologies.
"Customers who have invested in both MapR and Teradata solutions have requested integration, so now is the right time to expand our partnership,” Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs, said in a statement. "As customers continue to build out analytic architectures, they want flexibility and choice, and Teradata’s Unified Data Architecture is the most sophisticated and open big data ecosystem."