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Cloud computing is consistently a top priority for CIOs, and analysts predict that in the next three years, more resources in dollars, time and talent will be allocated to cloud-based solutions. However, before the rush to shift IT responsibilities to a contracted service provider, companies should carefully consider whether they’re getting the right analytics infrastructure, software and support to successfully transition to the cloud.
While there are many definitions of cloud computing, one of the most common is the delivery of IT resources—as a service—in a scalable and elastic manner. In any case, resources should be available via pay-per-use, budget-friendly models.
Cloud computing adoption is increasing for myriad reasons. With cloud implementations, there’s no longer a need to worry about procuring, maintaining and continually investing in IT resources. Instead, organizations that previously could not afford world-class infrastructure and talent can access these capabilities on a subscription basis. When capital constraints are an issue, cloud computing is attractive because solution ownership transfers to a cloud service provider. If applicable, companies can shift their cloud investment to expense dollars rather than capital expenses.
However, organizations stepping into the cloud—especially for analytic capability—should be cautious of workload demands. Analytic workloads are often compute- or I/O-intensive, or both, and therefore may not be ideally suited for traditional cloud infrastructures. Moreover, when transferring workloads to cloud infrastructures, special attention to security may be warranted to comply with data privacy and security regulations.
Teradata understands the importance of acquiring the right analytics infrastructure that is protected, secured and managed by industry professionals. For companies that want to acquire data warehousing, discovery analytics or data staging, Teradata now delivers these advanced capabilities with the simplicity of cloud computing.
Teradata understands the importance of acquiring the right analytics infrastructure that is protected, secured and managed
by industry professionals.
Pick your Cloud Type
Teradata Cloud Services are based on Teradata’s workload-specific platform family, including balanced and configured solutions designed for a company’s analytic needs today and tomorrow. These engineered platforms are combined with either the Teradata® Database or Teradata Aster Database and include hardware and software support, hosting services and options for varying levels of Managed Services.
Providing Teradata Cloud Services on a subscription-based model aims to eliminate upfront capital investments. These cloud as a service offers include monitoring, securing, maintenance and support for entire analytics environments. In addition, data integration, business intelligence (BI), master data management and integrated marketing management applications are available.
Because organizations often have diverse requirements, and some don’t necessarily want to manage and/or maintain an analytics infrastructure, Teradata Cloud Services are available in the Americas and in two formats:
- Managed platform is for a core database infrastructure. Teradata provides remote access to the Teradata or Teradata Aster Database with maintenance, operating system (OS) management and database availability services. In this model, a customer accepts responsibility for data integration and applications that use the database. Additional service options include DBA assistance for immediate user needs, or next-day business
- Managed solution offers a fully administered analytic environment. Teradata provides the entire data warehouse or discovery environment, data integration, BI and/or Teradata applications. Teradata also provides all operational support services for the environment, including activities such as database and system administration, data backup, application operations, authentication, access controls, security, and performance and capacity management.
For both formats, Teradata provides secure connectivity between a customer’s network and Teradata’s cloud environment. In addition, security services consultants review a customer’s specific requirements, architect and implement mutually agreed upon controls as well as perform activity monitoring and patching. Teradata also offers increasing levels of security tiers in which customers can choose to add optional in-database column-level encryption or detailed logging, log data retention and a tamper-proof audit trail of all activity.
Advanced Analytics for All
Unlike other analytics companies arriving to market with cloud offers, Teradata can provide a full range of services for analytics design and development, including data loading into the cloud environment, data modeling, BI reporting, advanced analytics and more. Not all cloud computing infrastructures are created equal—especially since some are not expressly designed for analytics. Teradata Cloud Services run leading Teradata Database and discovery solutions on an infrastructure that is scalable, highly available and reliable.
Companies can be confident that Teradata certified professionals will ensure infrastructure availability alongside day-to-day analytics support. Best of all, these capabilities are delivered in a budget-friendly monthly subscription, making powerful analytics available to organizations of all sizes with the benefits of a cloud.
Paul Barsch is a services marketing director for Teradata and a regular contributor to Teradata Magazine. He has more than 15 years of IT experience.
Lance Miller manages Teradata’s Global Services Marketing team. He has 40 years of IT experience.