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Teradata Ships Powerful Server for 'Green' Data Warehousing


Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, announced the availability of its Teradata 5500 Server, which uses approximately 75 percent less energy and coexists with multiple generations of Teradata servers thereby protecting the technology investment of customers. The Teradata 5500 Server supports Teradata Warehouse 8.2, a suite of software, hardware and professional consulting services that helps businesses make smarter, more competitive decisions.

"The efficiency of the Teradata 5500 Server will provide Teradata customers with up to a 75 percent reduction in electricity usage for the same capability data warehouse as compared to Teradata servers of three to five years ago. That's enough kilowatt-hours saved by one typical system to power 40 U.S. homes for one year. In addition, the 5500 Server reduces the floor space requirement by approximately 66 percent," stated Scott Gnau, Teradata senior vice president and chief development officer. "Teradata constantly strives to improve the performance per watt of our servers. These improvements have been driven by Teradata's commitment to operating our business in an environmentally sound manner worldwide."

By dramatically reducing energy usage for the same system performance, Teradata has also reduced associated data center cooling and power delivery infrastructure costs by a similar ratio. In addition to lower energy-related cooling costs, the Teradata patented cabinet door design provides a 30 percent improvement in cabinet cooling efficiency over conventional cabinet door designs. Cooling expenses are a major portion of data center costs because cooling computer equipment can consume the same amount of energy as powering the equipment.

The Teradata 5500 Server extends the capability to coexist with multiple generations of Teradata servers even further, which protects the technology investment made by Teradata customers. Coexistence is the ability to allow multiple generations of servers, each with a different level of processing power, to be connected into the same Teradata system with each generation processing a balanced, proportionate level of system workload. According to Gnau, "With Teradata, coexistence is not a myth. The ability of Teradata to coexist with multiple generations of servers outshines the other data warehouse vendors."





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