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Teradata gobbles up data squasher RainStor

Fourth engulfment of 2014 brings Hadoop-y archiving

Teradata has bought RainStor, the deduping database supplier and Hadoop convert.

RainStor specializes in archiving and two years ago put its analytics engine and enterprise database on Hadoop, the Google-inspired big-data cruncher.

Financial terms of the deal for the privately held RainStor were not revealed.

Teradata called RainStor a “powerful addition” to its big-data analytics portfolio.

Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs said in a statement that the new archival capability RainStor brings would “help customers cost-effectively and efficiently address their data archiving requirements using Hadoop.”

RainStor, founded in 2004, is known for its data compression technology: the firm claims it can compress data by up to 40 times and reduce customers’ storage footprint by more than 90 per cent.

Teradata is getting RainStor's assets, intellectual property, and most staff.

The deal continues Teradata’s journey into unstructured big data, with this being its fourth big-data deal of 2014. It has also gobbled up Revelytix, Hadapt and Think Big Analytics.

In October Teradata released an updated edition of the Revelytix data-provenance and meta-data suite, Loom 2.3, with a free version of the suite. Teradata has also released Hadoop-as-a-service on its Teradata Cloud.

Teradata is trying to stimulate interest and uptake of Hadoop while getting its plaform in position to handle customer requirements. It’s competing with SQL rivals Microsoft, Oracle and IBM who’ve been adding increased support for Hadoop in their databases and analytics tools. ®

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