Teradata dives further into Hadoop with RainStor acquisition

Data warehouse vendor [company]Teradata[/company] has made its fourth acquisition of the year, announcing on Wednesday it has bought data-archiving specialist RainStor for an undisclosed amount.

RainStor builds an archival system that can sit on top of Hadoop and, it claims, compress data volumes by up to 95 percent. The company has raised roughly $26 million since it was founded in 2004, with the last round — $12 million — coming in October 2012. The deal itself is neither earth-shaking nor bank-breaking (in a press release, Teradata describes the acquisition price as “not material”), but it does further clarify Teradata’s strategy for staying relevant in an increasingly scale-out, open source world.

Taken as a whole with the company’s other acquisitions, including Hadapt and Think Big Analytics, it’s pretty clear that Teradata wants to play a bigger role in companies’ big data environments than just that of a data warehouse and business intelligence provider. If customers are intent on storing and analyzing more data more cheaply in Hadoop or NoSQL data stores, Teradata would rather help them do that and accept a smaller profit margin rather than lose that data and those workloads altogether.

The big question now is for how long the Hadoop market will continue to play nice with existing data-management vendors. With one so-far successful IPO under its belt and others presumably on the way, it’s conceivable companies such as Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR will attempt to grab a bigger piece of the pie as their war chests get bigger.