Strengths and weaknesses
Teradata's laser-like focus on data warehousing is both their biggest strength and biggest weakness. For example, the proprietary way in which they do storage connectivity (with disks essentially being direct-attached to their parent node) makes them lightning fast, but at the same time, the company's failure to understand common IT industry standards when it comes to stuff that happens OUTSIDE their magic box is their undoing. Why is the system cabinet a couple of inches deeper than the other cabinets, thus monopolising a floor tile that should be in the centre of the aisle? Why do they insist on appending hostnames with those dodgy cop1, cop2, strings that completely stuff up coporate DNS addressing schemes? They either need to partner with, or create a subdivision of, non-warehouse-geeks who can integrate them into the wider world of IT with less pain. That way, Oracle, IBM etc will be even less likely to catch them.