Vertica Review

Fast inserts, queries way faster than in SQL Server.


What is most valuable?

Fast inserts, queries way faster than in SQL Server.

How has it helped my organization?

Certain research which was unattainable beforehand, now is in reach.

What needs improvement?

Some GUI Tools out of the box, better python integration. I would love to see some nice query engine, tooled specifically to Vertica extensions of SQL (with IntelliSense). We currently use TOAD, but it has a lot of bugs and does not provide full support of all Vertica features. For example with the "copy to" command it is buggy - extremely hard to debug.

Other issues would be better query plan display and better management tools like command line admin tools. (MC would probably solve a bit here, I saw a demo on the conference). We have several avid Python users in the company, but this how maybe lower priority after I reviewed my conference materials and found that Vertica now has native Python driver.

For how long have I used the solution?

2 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I was acting as my own DBA for a while, so a lot of hurdles before. But things are getting easier as more people in the company bought into the solution. I also got HP Training in house. (Thanks Herb!)

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We can scale a lot, wish it was a bit more affordable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It complements our SQL Server solution.

What about the implementation team?

Own efforts.

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

Switch to per node from per TB.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

7.1
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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