Pivotal Greenplum Review

Provides polymorphic storage and very fast query processing


What is our primary use case?

It is a very good appliance for data warehouse (DWH) usage.

What is most valuable?

  • Very fast for query processing
  • Parallel load
  • Polymorphic storage

How has it helped my organization?

Before we had Oracle Exadata, some queries would take more than 20 hours of execution. With Greenplum, it take a few minutes.

What needs improvement?

It will be very useful if we could communicate with other database types from Greenplum (using a database link).

For how long have I used the solution?

Four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Good. I would give their technical support a seven out of 10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes, Oracle Exadata. Performance was the main criteria for switching to Greenplum.

How was the initial setup?

It was a simple setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is the best product with best fit for price/performance customer objectives.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle technology that we used before.

What other advice do I have?

I encourage other customer to try Greenplum, specifically for DWH use. It is a very useful product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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