Friday, December 11, 2015

Teradata: Embrace the Power of PaaS

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has always been the unappreciated sibling of the cloud computing service model trio.  Existing in the dark shadow of the most widely adopted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and foundationally powerful Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), the third service model is often misunderstood and widely ignored.

PaaS provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage web applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure.  Its unique power is associated with developing and deploying applications. Business value statements usually linked to PaaS includes:

  • Organizations can innovate faster, enabling the faster transformation of new ideas into real applications.
  • Helps to focus limited resources by eliminating much of the overhead required to deploy and manage applications
  • Saves money in the application development process by enabling economies of scale through enforcement of standardization and avoiding hidden cost of middleware misconfigurations
  • Software development quality is enhanced through the use of specialist that constantly tune, optimize, load-balance and reconfigure PaaS components
  • Reduce the risk and improve the timeliness of application updates by wielding complete control over how updates are brought into your production applications
  • Maximize application uptime through better data backup, operating system hardening and high availability deployments
  • Enable cost efficient global scalability by leveraging the insight of platform experts that have developed and deployed scaling mechanism capable of responding to the needs of many customer types and situations.
  • Enhanced security through continual security updates to individual PaaS stack components
  • Dramatically reduce overall project risk by bringing predictability to both the cost and the ramifications of introducing new applications and services.

Figure 1- Through the "Enhanced Services" layer, the Teradata PaaS advantage delivers industry and business process aligned components.
When it comes to big data analytics, Teradata delivers these Platform-as-a-Service advantages by delivering industry andbusiness process aligned components within their PaaS. This valuable
Teradata differentiator can be delivered under a private, public or hybrid cloud deployment model. 

Understanding that PaaS by itself cannot address all your specific business needs and requirements, Teradata consultants can also address your application development and deployment needs through three convenient options:
  • Fully outsourced -  Terradata consultants work under the guidance of your business leaders to develop new applications or refactor existing application that leverage the powerful Terradata PaaS
  • Co-create - Terradata consultants act as guides and mentors to collaboratively partner with your business and IT team to develop or refactor applications as desired
  • Self-service – By coupling the inherent advantages of PaaS (standardization, cost reductions, application development agility and speed) and the Terradata platform's industry and business process aligned components, empower your development team with a self-service model and industry leading technical support.
An example of the advantage that Teradata PaaS can bring to your business is a rapidly growing US healthcare provider that needed to sustain their unpredictable growth in a rapidly expanding business. The company viewed the cloud as an opportunity to focus on its core competencies and maximize the delivery of critical healthcare services but wanted to also avoid reducing any of their healthcare focused resources. To successfully overcome this dilemma, the company adopted Teradata PaaS through the use of the managed cloud services model. 

Through this strategy, the company was relieved of most of the care and feeding of its data warehouse. They were also able to deploy both production and development systems to the Teradata Cloud, with the option to add disaster recovery systems in the future. The elasticity of cloud architecture enables the company to lease additional nodes within a few days. All this was done under a service level agreement (SLA) for operational transactions (such as three seconds to process 95 percent of certain queries) which minimizing the impact of analytic processing on its operations.
Teradata has embraced the power of PaaS.  Let them deliver that power to you through the Teradata Cloud.


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