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Teradata Supercharges Data Backup and Recovery with Data Stream Architecture

October 22, 2013 | DALLAS, Texas - PARTNERS User Group Conference

Teradata DSA Revolutionizes Customers’ BAR with Faster Backups, Improved Scalability, Usability, and Security

Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company, today announced a major advance in backup and recovery (BAR) capabilities for its customers. Teradata Data Stream Architecture (DSA) is a new and enhanced alternative, and an eventual replacement to the legacy ARC-based BAR architecture that will triple backup performance and reap significant improvements in scalability, usability, and security.

In an era of HIPPA, Sarbanes-Oxley and other stringent regulations on data retention and security, a robust BAR solution is essential to any enterprise-level data architecture, particularly in fields like healthcare, finance, and telecommunications. Teradata DSA is part of a high performing BAR solution that helps customers keep data safe and readily accessible to ensure business continuity and proper compliance with global regulations, all with minimal impact on data warehouse activities.
Teradata DSA was designed to optimize data streaming in and out of the Teradata database, achieving lightning-fast backup and restore windows. By removing bottlenecks in the Teradata software stack, data streaming rates for backups have been measured at up to five-times faster, with the appropriate hardware infrastructure improvements. Teradata DSA’s key benefits include an incremental backup feature, which reduces the duration of backup activities by only sending new or changed data blocks to a backup target, instead of the entire object or database. Incremental backups are ideal for customers looking to reduce backup windows and storage requirements. DSA also improves the efficiency of deduplication devices such as EMC Data Domain, which will further reduce the amount of storage space required.
Meanwhile, temperature- and compression-aware features for hot and cold data allow data to be restored to the same temperature and compression states. Usability is improved via new Viewpoint BAR portlets that will be familiar to Teradata users. And, security is also enhanced because DSA users have to authenticate through traditional Teradata channels, rather than a stand-alone user interface.
The advantages of having a robust BAR solution for long-term storage and business continuity are well known in the industry, and Teradata’s advocated BAR solution brings these benefits to Teradata Database’s own uniquely powerful Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. When BAR is fully integrated with the Teradata Database, backup and restore jobs are coordinated across the entire system of servers and storage devices, and the result is unrivaled performance and data availability with secure and maximum-speed data throughput
“The vast majority of our customers already have their BAR solution supplied by Teradata, and nearly every Teradata customer uses some component of Teradata BAR,” said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs. “Teradata DSA can help these customers create tremendous new value and sidestep BAR pitfalls like data capacity limits and backup windows that extend into production time.”
Business-Critical Data Availability
Unfettered data availability is crucial in business-critical situations where organizations make real-time decisions and suffer real-world costs when failure happens. Whether it’s soured customer relationships and churn from call centers that can’t access information, lost productivity recreating data repositories or hefty penalties for failing to meet data compliance requirements, organizations paralyzed by data unavailability lose time, money, and competitive advantage.
Technical Ease and Options
Teradata DSA is compatible with Teradata 14.10 (and newer) data warehouse and Symantec NetBackup 7.0 (and newer) backup software. There is a program available for customers to migrate their existing backup software licenses to NetBackup at little to no cost. Teradata customers using the legacy ARC-based BAR can continue to leverage their existing BAR solution and use DSA to perform new backups, while restoring archived backup data using the legacy ARC-based BAR.
The “advocated” Teradata BAR solution greatly simplifies backup responsibilities for the Teradata administrator, because it is fully designed, certified, procured, implemented, and supported by Teradata. Its scalable, parallel BAR architecture is optimized for the best performance and is based on best-in-class hardware and software components from industry-leading vendors.
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