- Multi-tenant architecture: Use virtual partitions to separate companies (tenants) who share a Teradata platform. In this situation, it is important to have strong use limits. Adding a virtual partition throttle ensures that one tenant cannot monopolize AMP worker tasks or other resources. When you set the throttle limit, consider the type of requests the tenant runs and how many AMP worker tasks their requests typically use (usually 1 to 4).
- Geographic or business unit separation: Virtual partitions are also useful when you need to separate business units or geographic locales. In this case, a virtual partition throttle may not be necessary. However, if there is a shortage of AMP worker tasks and if their use is not balanced evenly between virtual partitions, virtual partition throttles can help share resources more fairly.
When you are setting a virtual partition throttle limit, consider the type of work involved. If the work is dominated by complex requests with frequent parallel steps and redistributions or by many concurrent load jobs, a lower throttle limit may be needed. Consider a higher throttle limit for virtual partitions that do shorter, simpler work.