I found a nice blog by Larry Dignan on Teradata's Partners Conference which is worth a quick read: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=25942.  The blog post talks about Teradata's cloud strategy and also about the Blurr machine.  Also from the blog:

"The company is unveiling a “business intelligence optimizer” designed for better optimization with systems from the likes of SAS, Cognos, Oracle and SAP’s Business Objects. The big plus is this optimizer allows users to view data via Excel."

For those of you out there who are interested in OLAP and analytics, the "business intelligence optimizer" is worth looking into.