HPE: Smaller Is Better
Nov09

HPE: Smaller Is Better

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been pushing a smaller-is-better strategy for the last few years, spinning off PCs and printers, services and software, and now it looks like it’s applied that strategy to its mission-critical server line. Superdome Flex, the follow-up to Superdome X, the server family that started the company’s RISC-averse transition from Itanium to Xeon, opens up a $6-8 billion market that HPE wasn’t able to address effectively, HPE’s Randy Meyer, VP & GM, Mission Critical Systems, told IT Trends & Analysis. When it comes to the mission-critical x86 server market, driven by database, Oracle and SAP HANA applications moving from Unix to Linux, there were only a couple of choices, he said. While the up-to-16-socket Superdome X does the job well, the problem was at the bottom with 4-socket entry-level systems, especially for customers who knew they were going to eventually need more sockets. “In the Superdome X form factor, you paid a lot for the infrastructure.” With Flex, HPE went modular, making it much easier — and affordable — for customers to grow from 4 sockets all the way up to 32. “All of a sudden you have customers saying this is really cool.” Meyer believes this will open up a “huge chunk” of the market, and the ability to scale up and down will appeal to large customers, as well as the previously untapped midmarket. Following a couple of slow quarters, server revenues climbed 6.3% year over year to $15.7 billion in the second quarter of 2017, while midrange server revenue shot up 19.6% to $1.5 billion, and demand for high-end systems tumbled 18.9% to $1.3 billion, according to IDC. HPE held on to top spot (21.3% of the market), but revenues slid 8.4% YoY to $3.3 billion, while second-place Dell (17.7%) posted 7% YoY revenue growth. x86 server demand increased 10.4% to $14.3 billion, while non-x86 servers declined 21.5% to $1.5 billion. “Demand for two-socket form factors continues to control a majority of unit shipments now and going forward as they are the sweet spot for density-optimized servers which are used in datacenters,” said IDC’s Lloyd Cohen, director of Worldwide Market Analysis, Computing Platforms. Gartner’s server numbers were lower: 2.8% YoY revenue growth to $13.9 billion, and a 9.4% marketshare decline for HPE. RISC/Itanium Unix servers plummeted 21.4% in shipments and 24.9% in vendor revenue, which at least did better than the ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, down a whopping 29.5% in revenue (and that’s after an infrequent IBM z Series refresh). HPE reported significantly better results for high-performance computing. For its latest quarter the company said revenue from the HPC...

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Teradata Positioned To Weather IT’s ‘Perfect Storm’?

ATLANTA: For perhaps the first time in IT’s history, outcomes, not technology, are driving the industry, and data analytics specialist Teradata Corporation (TDC) is looking to take advantage of this ‘perfect storm’. The confluence of the latest IT tools and applications — social, cloud, mobility, big data, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and security — together with the substantial benefits of a data-driven approach, a business phenomenon with a body count, represents a huge opportunity for the company, which is trying to change its focus from technology to outcomes. “We have gone through the process of how we are actually changing: we are going to be business focused, not technology focused,” said President & CEO Vic Lund at last week’s Partners conference. Still, technology was a large part of the annual event’s agenda, where Teradata made a number of product and service announcements, including Borderless Analytics, RACE (Rapid Analytic Consulting Engagement), Customer Journey Analytic Solution, and Teradata Everywhere. They were significant announcements that represent a major shift for Teradata, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” Digitalization of the enterprise is a big topic for most companies around the world, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and CPO, Teradata. Companies are looking for “high-impact outcomes that benefit the bottom line”, an optimized analytical ecosystem with “flexibility and agility” to most effectively run  your organization. “Business-led outcomes is really what companies are focused on.” That has significant implications for Teradata, he said. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” One of the biggest — if not the biggest — implications of the onrushing changes is the speed of these changes. I talk to customers every day and they’re terrified of their inability to change fast enough, said Teradata’s John Thuma, Data Scientist & Director of Analytics. In addition to the rate of change, is the need for a new set of KPIs (key performance indicators), he added. “It’s not the technology, it’s the people and processes that matter.” Not only can companies not rest on “past glories”, even if they can change, are the changes they’re making successful, he asked? “That’s also a big factor.” The paradigm that people were expendable is changing. Now organizations must not only look at how — and with who — they can continue to disrupt their competition, but also how to disrupt themselves. Ratzesberger agrees that the companies who are doing well with the digital transformation “have realized that the biggest problem is people, process in organizations.” It’s all about how you use it and reshape the company, empowering the...

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New Offerings Represent A Major Shift For Teradata

ATLANTA: Data analytics specialist Teradata Corporation (TDC), which has gathered 3,000 customers and partners for its annual Partner conference, made a number of product and service announcements this week which should generate a lot of customer interest, especially if they’re using — or want to make greater use — of cloud. According to the company the new offerings include: –Borderless Analytics, which turns hybrid clouds into a single analytic ecosystem; –RACE (Rapid Analytic Consulting Engagement), an agile, technology agnostic methodology; –Customer Journey Analytic Solution, a set of capabilities for discerning the behavioral paths of each individual customer, determining the next best interaction and delivering a consistent, personalized brand experience through every channel and touch point; and, –Teradata Everywhere, ‘that brings the world’s most powerful massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database’ to multiple public clouds, managed cloud, and on-premises environments including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Teradata Managed Cloud, VMware® virtualization software, and the Teradata IntelliFlex platform. These are significant announcements that represent a major shift for Teradata, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” Digitalization and cloud are big parts of Taradata’s strategy, he said, and these announcements continue to address these opportunities. “This becomes the foundation for everything we do from now on.” Cloud will play a growing role in the company’s Fortune 1000 customer base. Most Teradata customers (90%) say they will be on hybrid cloud by 2020; 85% are looking to buy as a service; and as much as 40% of workloads will run on public cloud by 2020, said Ratzesberger. Made possible by enhancements to the company’s QueryGrid software for analytics across heterogeneous, multi-system data stores, and Unity software for automated and seamless orchestration of a Teradata multi-system environment, the “Borderless Analytics” capability gives enterprises the ability to easily manage multi-system analytic environments and shift workloads to optimize resource utilization, while ensuring a seamless and transparent business user experience, stated the company. It also enables cross-technology analytics, giving users access to heterogeneous analytic processing engines and data stores. “Borderless Analytics is about infrastructure agility and unlocking new use cases,” said Ratzesberger. In addition the company plans to deliver the ability to intelligently capture select data changes from one Teradata system and automatically copy them to other Teradata systems, and push-button system initialization which can copy an entire database from one system to another, creating a replica which can be used for Dual Active availability, disaster recovery, quality assurance, test, or development in the first half of 2017. Available now, RACE leverages the company’s Business Value Frameworks, intellectual property captured from the Teradata’s experience...

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Teradata: Back To The Future With Customer Focus
Sep14

Teradata: Back To The Future With Customer Focus

ATLANTA: Despite strong financial performance, and a leadership position in one of today’s hottest markets, analytics, questions continue to circulate around Teradata Corporation (TDC), which has gathered 3,000 customers (versus 5,000 in 2015, although SAS is holding a similar gathering this week) and partners for its annual Partner conference. In August the company announced higher revenues — $599 million versus $559.23M — and earnings per share — $0.71vs $0.60 — than predicted by analysts, but the positive results couldn’t stop last week’s market slide, when TDC shares fell 4.24%, as analysts put thumbs down to the company’s prospects. Teradata’s future is dim, wrote analyst Thomas Dinsmore, publisher of the Big Analytics Blog, back in February, and under the previous management. While it’s been struggling since 2013, he believes it has the potential to be a stable and profitable company, but not a growth company, unless it makes some big changes. ‘Companies with a clear growth vision can invest heavily in sales, marketing and engineering; stable companies must be lean. Teradata now spends more “below the line” — engineering, sales, marketing, general and administrative functions — than it did in 2012, when it seemed poised for growth… Meanwhile, while the company invested a little over $600 million in research and development over the past three years, it spent $1.6 billion repurchasing its own stock… A company that spends three times as much buying its own stock as it spends on R&D is a company that has no confidence in the growth potential of its own business, and no ideas for building a better product.’ Several months later at the Teradata Influencer Summit, new management, a new architecture, more apps and IP, and, most importantly, a more urgent move to the cloud, things were looking brighter, noted Doug Henschen for Constellation Research. ‘As CEO Lund put it at the outset of the Summit, Teradata has great technology, smart people and an awesome customer base. Now that distractions — such as the divested Aprimo marketing business — are out of the way, Teradata has clearly refocused on its core competency. Now it’s a matter of execution and delivering great technology in smarter, more flexible and easier-to-consume ways.’ Speaking to a group of analysts and journalists at Partners, recently demoted (promoted?) from the board, and active with TDC since 2004, President & CEO Vic Lund said the company has been working on a new strategy for some time. “We have gone through the process of how we are actually changing: we are going to be business focused, not technology focused.” While technology will support this customer-centric approach, this apparent reversal is not as...

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Oracle Re-engineers Big Boxes for the Data Center

Announced at a live event at the Oracle headquarters this [last] week was a complete overhaul of the company’s high-end engineered systems for the data center. These pre-integrated appliances have always been big and fast, with a big starting price to match, so it wasn’t surprising to see them get bigger and faster. The interesting bit was how they also got cheaper. Or offer more price/performance value, if you prefer the spin. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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