Multi-cloud environments are fast becoming standard in today’s data-driven organizations. In fact, 90 percent of large enterprises use a multi-cloud architecture that spans multiple cloud providers.
Key benefits of the multi-cloud approach include flexibility and scalability to support diverse workloads and capacity bursts. Jaqueline Woods, Teradata’s CMO, described the benefits of multi-cloud platforms, particularly for mid-market organizations, during Acceleration Economy’s Data Modernization Digital Battleground.
“The cloud provides them [companies] with the opportunity to scale and get different resources and tools that they might not otherwise have gotten,” she says. “They’re typically running with any of the hyperscalers like AWS, Microsoft, or Google Cloud, and that allows them to ebb and flow with peaks and valleys of their business.”
Yet, while multi-cloud deployment enables companies to adopt cloud applications that respond to current and emerging challenges and increase reliability, there are challenges that arise. One is the need to consolidate data from various systems and provide a comprehensive approach to analytics.
Consolidation is necessary because cloud services from various vendors can’t always communicate natively. This means, for example, that data from an organization’s CRM (customer relationship management) and accounting systems will require different processes for access and analysis.
In addition to combining data into a single unified source, data consolidation requires organization and cleansing to ensure users can access critical data quickly and take action on it. Teradata addresses these requirements with Vantage, its multi-cloud data platform that connects data lakes and warehouses, as well as diverse source systems and data types for holistic analysis.
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Who Is Teradata?
Teradata has been around for more than 40 years — it was founded in 1979 as a joint enterprise between Caltech and Citibank.
Initially, Teradata focused on data analytics hardware before moving into software. Today, the organization still develops some hardware, such as the VantageCore IntelliFlex, designed for the Vantage platform and launched in 2016, but its focus is primarily on software.
Since it was founded, Teradata has made 17 acquisitions. Most recently, the multi-server management developer StackIQ in 2017. Yet, by 2018, the company had shifted its focus to cloud analytics, which is where it excels today.
Teradata is led by company CEO and President Steve McMillan. Since joining Teradata in 2020, McMillan has helped steer the company’s multi-cloud-focused efforts, having previously served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Success and Managed Cloud Services at Oracle.
Teradata CTO Stephen Brobst has successfully launched three companies in the data warehousing sector. Claire Bramley, former Global Controller of HP Inc., is CFO.
A publicly held company, Teradata has just reported financial results for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31:
- Revenue for the fiscal year was $1.795 billion vs. $1.917 billion the previous year
- Recurring revenue was $1.419 billion vs. $1.464 billion
- Earnings per share were 31 cents vs. $1.30
The company said its quarterly cloud growth rate was its highest ever, and said it has delivered more than six-fold growth in cloud annual returning revenue (ARR) since the middle of 2020, when it established its cloud-first focus.
What Does Teradata Do?
Teradata’s core product is Vantage, which supports multi-cloud and hybrid architecture and unifies a company’s diverse data sources, enabling users to get complete visibility of all corporate data in one place. Vantage enables data movement from on-prem and cloud domains, empowering users with on-demand, real-time insights from anywhere.
With data and analytics unified, users can quickly and easily conduct predictive and prescriptive analytics and automate decision-making, while taking advantage of machine learning (ML) and visualization tools.
Flexible deployment is another benefit of the technology. Teradata customers can choose to deploy the software on-prem with IntelliFlex. Alternatively, Vantage can be deployed in hybrid multi-cloud environments or on public clouds, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. The company recently launched Teradata Vantage on AWS.
VantageCloud Lake is part of Teradata’s VantageCloud service, which includes VantageCloud Enterprise. Formerly called Vantage in the Cloud, VantageCloud Enterprise supports managed workloads and advanced analytics in public cloud environments.
VantageCloud Lake is built on Teradata’s cloud-native architecture; it enables organizations to store and analyze data at scale. Core functions include in-database advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (A,I) and ML-powered management of data models all in a single, cloud-native operating environment.
As a self-service tool, Teradata aims, with VantageCloud Lake, to democratize analytics capabilities. Teradata’s Chief Product Officer Hillary Ashton described the benefits of the technology in a statement at the time of launch.
“Teradata VantageCloud Lake is the result of a multi-year journey to create a new paradigm for data and analytics — one where superior performance, agility, and value all go hand-in-hand,” she says.
“VantageCloud Enterprise — our established Vantage in the cloud offering — is the recognized price performance leader in the market. Teradata VantageCloud Lake offers all of those same benefits in a package that is appealing to diverse functions and roles, opening up an entirely new market segment for us.”
Acceleration Economy analyst, data modernization expert, and CIO Wayne Sadin says that Teradata’s VantageCloud environment frees database support engineers and data scientists from worrying about where data is located and lets them focus instead on how to turn big data into actionable information.
“I’m happy to partner with a firm like Teradata that combines depth, breadth, and experience. I’m delighted that Teradata has kept the best parts of the old appliance builder as they adopted modern-cloud architectures to solve today’s problems.”Wayne Sadin, Acceleration Economy analyst, CIO
Teradata’s long history of supporting mission-critical applications at some of the largest firms in heavily regulated industries means that its products can help mid-market and enterprise CIOs and data-science teams manage “information factories” that work for their industry and scale. “As a CIO, I’m happy to partner with a firm like Teradata that combines depth, breadth, and experience,” Sadin says. “I’m delighted that Teradata has kept the best parts of the old appliance builder as they adopted modern-cloud architectures to solve today’s problems.”
Customers It Has Dazzled
Teradata has impacted some of the largest enterprises in the world, including Unilever. The company, established in 1883, is one of the leading suppliers of products in the beauty, home care, and food and beverage sectors.
The company was determined to use data-driven insights to support its sustainability efforts and fuel responsible growth. “One of our fundamental aims is to make Unilever data intelligent, where we use data to support all business decisions,” Andy Hill, Global Vice President, Data and Analytics says in a Teradata case study.
“As tools and technologies mature, we want to support this decision-making with more and more advanced analytics, becoming more predictive and prescriptive in our use of analytics and AI throughout the business.”
Unilever chose Teradata to support its data initiative. The company deployed Teradata Vantage on Azure to connect marketing, sales, supply chain, HR, and other data. Unilever migrated 27 services in its cloud modernization and migration to Vantage, leveraging over 270TB of data.
“The main challenge we faced was simply the scale of the migration; the logistics of migrating such a complex platform to cloud, all the necessary testing and then ensuring that the production cutover could be done within an acceptable time window for the business was an immense effort,” Hill says of the migration.
Why Teradata Is a Top 10 Data Modernization Enabler
Teradata provides powerful data unification tools that have impacted many global and mid-sized organizations. We chose to include the company in our Top 10 Data Modernization Enabler shortlist for the following reasons:
- Teradata’s technology addresses customers’ objective to use multi-cloud environments for scalability and flexibility.
- Data modernization is fueled by consolidation, and VantageCloud is a leading platform for enabling data-driven insights across diverse data sources.
- VantageCloud Lake recognizes and responds to the need for self-service analytics and supports company-wide digital innovations.
- The company’s track record with acquisitions shows a relentless commitment to the delivery of next-generation data management technologies that benefit customers.
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