Vertica Review

It delivers speed and performance in query response time. Complicated multi-table queries perform well.

What is most valuable?

Speed and performance: Vertica stands top among its peers in the MPP world, delivering unparalleled speed and performance in query response time. Its distributed architecture and use of projection (materialized version of data) beats most of its competitors.

How has it helped my organization?

This product is used for in-database analytics for reports and queries that require very fast response times. Complicated multi-table queries perform very well, and the company has improved on business operations looking at hot data from various dimensions.

What needs improvement?

Projections take up a lot of space and hence, compression can be improved. Installation can be more intuitive via a simple, lightweight web client instead of the command line.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

While Vertica is otherwise stable, sometimes there are issues with restores to the last checkpoint.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good and knowledgeable.

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

I previously used Postgres; switched as performance suffered due to data growth.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward through the command line.

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

Negotiate; with HDFS, storage is cheap. Vertica charges per terabyte of compressed data. But the underlying architecture materializes data in a different order and hence space utilization is always heavy, even for a single table; add to that the replication factor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we evaluated Netezza and ParAccel.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure the data and table structures are compact. Vertica will create many versions of the same data as a projection and isolated tables will increase size, increasing licensing cost.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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