Teradata Data Lab 14.01 Release
This article is the official release announcement for Teradata Data Lab 14.01 (the second product release) with an effective release date of October 12th, 2012. As a reminder, Data Lab provides automation, management, and governance for sandboxing within a Teradata production system. Here's the link to the initial Data Lab 14.0 release article in case you want to review all the product features.
The primary focus of this second release of Data Lab was addressing feedback from the early adopters inspiring Teradata to improve performance (more data caching), add a new automated lab deletion option, and a re-architecture of the Data Labs portlet interface to support ease-of-use and large numbers of labs. Worth noting, Teradata Data Lab 14.01 requires Viewpoint 14.01 release to run.
In the initial release of Teradata Data Lab, the product offered an expiration feature for automated management of labs in a lab group. This expiration, assuming there was no approved extension, would remove access permissions to the lab. As such, the deletion of a lab was always a manual operation. With Data Lab 14.01, we are complimenting the expiration with an automated deletion option. The new automated delete will offer a wait duration of an expired lab before automatically deleting it. The Lab Group Setup portlet below shows the options for wait times prior to an automated delete including a "Do not delete" for those that want deletions to remain a manual operation.
Similar to the expiration email notification, an email notification is also sent to the lab owner informing them that their expired lab has now been deleted.
The Data Labs portlet has some nice enhancements with the Data Lab 14.01 release for ease of use, better navigation, and support for large numbers of labs. Here is the new view of the Data Labs portlet "Monitoring" tab:
For comparison, below is a screen shot of the prior Data Labs "Monitoring" view. The first thing you may notice is that the revolving "cylinders" display has been replaced by a lab group space usage bar chart within a reporting column. As cool as the revolving cylinders were, they didn't scale well for large numbers of lab groups. The more lab groups, the more spinning one had to do which became cumbersome for navigation. With the new design, you not only can see more lab groups in a single view but can leverage the benefits of the newly implemented data grid architecture. If you already know Viewpoint, then the data grid architecture should be familiar to you (portlets like Query Monitor, Space Usage, Alerts Viewer, etc.). So you have all the data grid benefits now including filtering and sorting capability as well as display configuration customization (down arrow in the upper right of the grid) for selecting columns and display order.
We didn't completely abandon the cool cylinders concept however as they reappear when one drills down into the lab or table detail views. As a reminder, the detailed views provide more information for labs and tables including a third level drill down that displays a sample of the table data.
That is the new version of Data Lab 14.01. Let us know if you have additional ideas in how we can enhance this offering going forward.