alternate text required

Teradata Managed Cloud (Europe)

Teradata Managed Cloud lets customers focus on business value rather than managing infrastructure – while enjoying flexible pricing that fits within the budget. Customers can choose the location from where they would like to be served – currently either Germany or the United States.

Featuring the same industry-leading Teradata Database software as in our on-premises systems, key cloud use cases include:

  • Production Data Warehousing
  • Test & Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sandboxes
  • Data Marts
  • Disaster Recovery

Read this white paper to learn how nine different customers are using Teradata Managed Cloud – and read this case study to understand how firms are using it in hybrid deployment scenarios.

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) is comprehensive; it includes core database functionality, system administration and monitoring, system maintenance, cloud service portal, integrated workload management, daily backups, and a full range of tools and utilities link to – all delivered with 99.9% guaranteed service availability.

Companies can start driving smart business decisions right away – in days versus months – while reducing upfront hardware cost and aligning flexible service expenses with operational budgets.

Unlike alternatives that leave you fending for yourself to assemble analytic capabilities in piece-meal fashion, Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) was designed from the start with a “total solutions” approach. The result is less administrative time spent creating a secure working environment and faster productivity with award-winning Teradata tools.

 

Strong Foundation with Optional Services

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) provides these powerful capabilities:

Cloud Foundation

Includes infrastructure functions such as platform and software, monitoring, system and access management, service management (support portal, onboarding, incident management, etc.), 99.9% platform availability service level agreement, 100 Mbps network connectivity, Teradata tools and utilities, security, backup and recovery, and capacity management.

Enhanced Services

Optional services for implementation of advanced database features (such as temporal), additional site-to-site Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps network connectivity.

Production & Advisory Services

Teradata Consulting Services can provide optional services for advising on analytic best practices, security, migrating from existing databases, data quality, implementing applications (Teradata and 3rd party), and providing analytic access to business intelligence applications. Similarly, this group can also provide optional operational support such as Database Administrator (DBA) Assist, DBA Admin as a Service, and more.

 

Bare-Metal Performance

The basic building block of Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) is called a Cloud Compute Unit (CCU). A CCU consists of bare-metal hardware, storage, database software, and system management utilities specifically engineered for cloud computing. The advantage of bare-metal resources is that there is no reduction in speed or performance due to the overhead of virtualization software.

Each customer receives dedicated, private CCUs that are securely and physically segregated from other cloud customers. With complete isolation, there is absolutely no sharing of CCU resources.

The minimum order for Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) is four (4) CCUs. The customer data space capacity of four CCUs is approximately 22TB.Teradata Database systems can be scaled up or down in minimum increments of four (4) CCUs; the current maximum scalability is 1296 CCUs (approximately 5,184TB of customer data space).

Compression is enabled by default for all user tables. Actual compression rates will vary depending on data demographics, but rates of 3X or higher are common.

 

Enterprise Security

German data protection laws, as well as strict technical and operational safeguards, guarantee that no one except the customer – not even Teradata – can access customer data without permission.

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) was designed to meet or even exceeds the requirements for the current security standards ISO 27001:2013, SOC 2 Type 2, and PCI DSS. To ensure this high level of security, Teradata has implemented a number of measures, such as 24x7 security monitoring, encryption of customer data in transit and data at rest, role-based security, multi-factor authentication, operational change management, physical controls, and independent penetration testing.

Data is kept on dedicated bare-metal servers, each of which is customer-specific, instead of virtual or multi-tenant servers. Customer data is not moved across national borders without explicit customer consent, putting the data under the strict rule of German privacy laws. The Cloud Operations team regularly audits its internal computing environments and its providers, as well as the physical facilities, to ensure that all security requirements are met.

Security is such an important consideration for any cloud service that we’ve dedicated an entire page to it. Read more here.

 

Hybrid Row and Columnar Functionality

All Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) CCUs are pre-configured with SuSE Linux and Teradata Database software version 15.10 including Integrated Workload Management (IWM). From a feature set perspective, the Teradata Database bundle used is Teradata Base Edition.

Teradata Columnar is included with each CCU. Teradata Columnar is a hybrid row and column database that fully integrates columnar and row-based tables, establishing new levels of flexibility, performance, and compression and strengthening your data warehouse and analytics capabilities.

Benefits include:

  • Improves data warehouse performance by only reading the data absolutely required for each query
  • Allows you to respond to more queries faster while storing more data
  • Integrated solution can mix and match the storage formats in hybrid row and column storage, thereby delivering the highest performance
  • Simple to use; minimal DBA effort required, and no changes necessary to existing applications or queries
  • Distinct architectural approach creates containers within each column so data can be compressed more efficiently, thus enabling storage of larger amounts of data in the same footprint
  • Dynamically adjusts compression mechanisms for optimal storage as data evolves over time

 

Optional Temporal Capability

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) offers temporal capability, an optional Enhanced Service that enables the time dimension to be added to data management and query processing. Temporal lets the data warehouse track not just transactions over time, but also how data and the business change and evolve over time. Rather than simply changing data as updates are made, a temporal database retains the history represented by the old value and allows users to use that history to look at the business attribute as of any point in time. This is a powerful feature that can significantly enhance the insight available from your data.

 

Optional Data Lab Capability

Teradata Data Lab is an optional dedicated workspace (sandbox) within a production data warehouse where users have the freedom to explore, analyze new data, and test theories. Data labs enable self-service business intelligence and analytics by simplifying provisioning and automating the management of the analytic workspace so there is no risk to production data or to the warehouse performance. Once a business user has been allocated space in a Teradata Data Lab, they then have the self-serviceability to load data from their desktop, join with live production data using their favorite tools, and collaborate with co-workers by sharing their data and analyses.

 

Complete Solution

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) customers get three servers along with the Teradata-provisioned CCUs:

  • A load server running Teradata load utilities with 23TB of staging space
  • Preconfigured Viewpoint server for management of database resources including predefined views:
    • Dashboard with a high-level view of Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) systems
    • Current activity for monitoring active sessions
    • Capacity view for managing space and resource utilization trends over time
  • Utility server (via remote desktop access) which is preconfigured with Teradata client tools for data access, database management, and load/unload functions.

 

Easy to Use

Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) load servers support SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) to move data files into the cloud. All necessary load/unload utilities are provided on the load server.

Data loads into CCUs are accomplished via:

  • Teradata Parallel Transporter – (recommended)
    • Load Operator to insert data into empty tables (fastest)
    • Update Operator to insert/update data into populated tables
    • Stream Operator to insert data into tables concurrently (enhanced option)
    • Inserter Operator to insert BLOB data
  • Legacy stand-alone tools – (for support of legacy scripts)
    • FastLoad
    • FastExport
    • MultiLoad
    • TPump (enhanced option)

 

Secure Connection

The default method for connecting to Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) is a site-to-site VPN (Virtual Private Network) from your data center. This access method uses IPsec communication to keep data transmissions secure and provides network access – through the Internet – with bandwidth of up to 100 Mbps.

If a larger and dedicated network port is required, the Teradata Cloud Operations team can provide you an enhanced option called Teradata Direct Connect which offers either a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps direct connect port.

Database access is available through any of the following drivers and utilities:

  • ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB Drivers
  • .Net Data Provider
  • Teradata CLIv2
  • Teradata Plug-in for Eclipse
  • BTEQ – command line query tool
  • Teradata Studio – Eclipse-based database query tool

Security is such an important consideration for any cloud service that we’ve dedicated an entire page to it. Read more here.

 

Reliable Performance

All CCUs are configured using RAID 1 protection, which provides redundancy at the hardware/disk-drive level. If a single drive fails, Teradata Database will continue to function without interruption. The failed drive will be replaced by Teradata Cloud Operations as soon as possible and the drive will rebuild automatically.

 

Scalable Resources

Resources for Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) can be scaled up or down in minimum increments of four (4) CCUs.

During scaling operations, systems are available for read-only operations while a new system is created; customers cannot load or change data but can continue to run queries and reports. When the new resources are ready, there will be a few minutes of scheduled downtime to transition from the former to new resources.

 

Expert Customer Support

Complete hardware and software support is provided by the Teradata Cloud Operations team. This group also performs activities such as provisioning, onboarding, and software patching while continually monitoring and administering the CCU environment.

The Teradata Cloud Operations team does not have visibility or access to customers’ data.

Analytics in Action

This study examines the business use cases of nine different Teradata Cloud customers, summarizing key takeaways and recommendations.

Hybrid Deployment

Read this case study to understand how firms are using it in hybrid deployment scenarios.

Talk to Teradata

Connect with a Teradata sales representative, or view the Teradata Managed Cloud (Germany) FAQ.