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Trevor Watkins
Real User
Managing Partner at Thorium Data Science
Jul 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Vertica’s analytic capabilities are its key strength. It can aggregate and analyze data at massive scale and neatly bring the calculation logic to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our consultancy has introduced Vertica to a number of clients, from small scale ones who benefit from the free tier and per TB pricing model to… more»

What needs improvement?

We’ve built a data ingestion tool to sit alongside Vertica for easy data loading, and I would personally like to see extended developer tooling… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Exadata, which is typically very expensive by comparison. This is because Oracle throw top end hardware at the problem as… more»

What other advice do I have?

The implementation itself is excellent with fantastic features, speed and scalability. They lose a point only for the development experience which… more»
Real User
Co-Founder at a tech services company
Jan 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The feature of the product that is most important is the speed. I needed a columnar database, and its speed is what it's built to do, and so that's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We got something like a six-times improvement using Vertica.

What needs improvement?

I think it's starting to get a little expensive. Open source products are starting to get more robust, so I think that's something that they need… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We've used Greenplum, Teradata, and then Vertica. We used the big data open source solutions as well that are getting better. So those are the four… more»

What other advice do I have?

The pros are, if you have columnar processing, then this is in your top three solutions. I think the con is the software pricing, and licensing… more»
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Jan-Soubusta
Real User
Sr. SW Engineer - Databases with 201-500 employees
Jan 17 2018

What is most valuable?

* Clustered database * Horizontal scaling * Disaster recovery * Columnar Storage * Compression (you read only columns you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It enabled delivery of a new Agile Data Warehousing Service. It enabled us to close large deals. Customers with large data… more»

What needs improvement?

Performance of management of metadata layer (database catalog) needs improvement. We still have to have smaller customers… more»

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

Start with license per 1TB. Starting from hundreds of TB there is unlimited licensing to be considered. Move historical… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In my current company I was not responsible for the switch. As far as I know, they switched from PostgreSQL, especially… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is easy to implement this solution for one customer. By tuning the model (projection design) you get incredible… more»
François Jehl
Real User
Staff Dev Lead - Analytics Data Storage at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Two of them: * The core feature, meaning their highly efficient columnar file format and execution engine along with a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before Vertica, we used a combination of sharded RDBMSs and Hive: the typical runtime for a query was in the hours. It's… more»

What needs improvement?

Whatever's out, the core is not always as great as the engine, especially their first version. That's true, for example… more»

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

Nothing to advise really; try it out first, it's free up to three nodes and 1TB, and then get in contact with their sales… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Not really in the same area (MPP databases). However, we ran benchmarks back then against a bunch of competitors and… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you plan to use Vertica for different workloads (in term of IO patterns, query frequency, dataset structure) plan to… more»
Alberto Guisande
Real User
Director at Decision Science
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

Vertica's most outstanding features are the compression rates achieved and the speed of access of high volume data.

How has it helped my organization?

Previous to Vertica, some analysis could not be made because of the amount of data needed. Vertica allowed us to take those volumes and process… more»

What needs improvement?

* Support is an area where it could get better. * Promotion/marketing must be improved, even though it is a very useful product at very good price… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used Hadoop as the first approach. However, Vertica provided the best of both worlds (huge amounts of data and speed of access for analytics).

What other advice do I have?

Do a good volumetric analysis to manage the storage needed.
Alfonso Licir
Consultant
Technical Leader / Business Intelligence Consultant with 11-50 employees
Jan 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Vertica is a columnar database, this support our developments in analytics, advanced analytics, and our ETL process with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we used Vertica we used another columnar database which turned out to be very unstable and its performance was… more»

What needs improvement?

I believe the installation process could be streamlined.

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

The first TB is free and you can use all the Vertica features. After 1TB you have to pay for licensing. The product is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

See "Improvements to organization," above.

What other advice do I have?

The technical requirements for the product are really important. The design tool for vertica is the core of the database… more»
Fahd Mirza Chughtai
Consultant
Cloud Architect, Oracle ACE, Oracle DBA at Pythian
Apr 24 2018

What is most valuable?

HPE Vertica is a unique solution as it handles a huge magnitude of data with matchless speed and simplicity. One feature… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Its analytics has enabled Pythian's clients to get the business insights as quick as they wanted. Its lower maintenance… more»

What needs improvement?

The documentation could be improved with more examples of commands and step-by-step scenarios.

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

Read the fine print carefully.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

NA

What other advice do I have?

First, analyze your business requirements and if the analytics, scalability, and lower maintenance are your requirements… more»
Luis Henriquez
Consultant
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 14 2019

What is most valuable?

It maximize cloud economics for mission-critical big data analytical initiatives.

How has it helped my organization?

* We gain insights into data in real-time with blazing, fast SQL analytics across exabytes of data. * It maximizes cloud economics with Eon Mode by… more»

What needs improvement?

It needs integration with multiple clouds.

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

It is fast to purchase through the AWS Marketplace. The pricing and licensing depend on the size of your environment and the zone where you want to… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a complete solution and a also good solution for EC2 instances. I have not tried to integrate it with other products.
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What is Vertica?

Micro Focus Vertica is the most advanced SQL database analytics portfolio built from the very first line of code to address the most demanding Big Data analytics initiatives. Micro Focus Vertica delivers speed without compromise, scale without limits, and the broadest range of consumption models. Choose Vertica on premise, on demand, in the cloud, or on Hadoop. With support for all leading BI and visualization tools, open source technologies like Hadoop and R, and built-in analytical functions, Vertica helps you derive more value from your Enterprise Data Warehouse and data lakes and get to market faster with your analytics initiatives.

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Micro Focus Vertica, HPE Vertica, HPE Vertica on Demand
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