Teradata leads Gartner Magic Quadrant in data warehouse database management

Gartner has confirmed the place of Teradata as the dominant vendor in the emerging field of Big Data

March 17, 2014

With the release of its March 2014 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, Gartner has confirmed the place of Teradata as the dominant vendor in the emerging field of Big Data. Bytes Universal Systems, a division of Bytes Technology Group, is the sole distributor of Teradata’s products in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant provides a visual representation of research in a specific market, providing a wide-angle view of the relative positions of that market’s competitors. By applying a graphical treatment and a uniform set of evaluation criteria, a Gartner Magic Quadrant shows how well technology providers are executing against their stated vision.

“This is the 15th year that Teradata has been rated as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for data warehouse database management systems,” says Hendrik Blignaut, Enterprise Intelligence Solutions Teradata executive at Bytes Universal Systems. “Ratings such as this are important because they give objective confirmation that Teradata is continuing to outperform competitors, and provides a useful decision-making tool for clients in search of the right technology partner.”

Teradata has also received recent positive ratings in the Forrester Wave for Enterprise Data Warehouse Q4 2013, Big Data Hadoop Solutions 2014, Ovum’s Analytical Database Leaders 2013-2014 and The Information Difference Technology leadership in Data Warehousing from Q4 2013.

With more than 30 years of history in the data warehouse market, Teradata offers a combination of tuned hardware and analytics-specific database software. In its research note, Gartner observes that Teradata:

  • Continues to demonstrate its consistent ability to deliver on market trends and meet customer demand; for example, its Intelligent Memory option (Teradata IMDBMS) was delivered in 2013.
  • Clients continue to invest in its technology and innovation.
  • Continues to further support the Logical Data Warehouse with Unified Data Architecture, AsterData and Hadoop (all also offered in appliances).
  • Continues to invest in multi-structured formats such as JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or XML.

As a result, Gartner says Teradata continues to be the “point of reference” vendor in data warehousing.

Gartner explains that in 2014, traditional data warehouse vendors continue to face the challenge emerging from new processing techniques such as MapReduce/Hadoop distributions – typically referred to as Big Data solutions.

Choosing the right vendor for these solutions is a matter of some consequence, as Gartner’s research note makes clear. With the researcher indicating in August 2013 that Big Data is reaching the peak in its Hype Cycle, the ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ – which can herald failed projects – looms. “This trough will act as a ‘forge’ that burns away inefficient offerings,” Gartner notes, “…the industry will see all sorts of competing architectures and strategies for addressing data management for analytics. Acquisitions and business failures among new vendors will result in two or three emerging as viable companies in analytics data management.”

“Business has understood the potential value in its data but, as always, the challenge is to deliver on that promise,” says Blignaut. “Gartner’s continued positioning of Teradata as a leader and visionary in the Magic Quadrant demonstrates to clients that it is the right partner to help them exploit the latest technologies to gain the insights, and ultimately the increased profits, hidden in their data.”