by Colin Mahony, VP of Products & Business Development
and Shilpa Lawande, VP of Engineering
Vertica has had an amazing journey since it was founded in 2005. We’ve built a great product, a great team and an incredibly strong and loyal customer base and partner ecosystem. When we first started, no one had even heard of a column store, and today, ‘Big Data Analytics’ is taking the industry by storm. Every day we see companies – big and small – in industries from retail to gaming becoming more data-driven and doing amazing things with the help of analytics. We feel proud and humbled to see the transformation impact the Vertica Analytics Platform has had on our customers’ businesses, and we believe the time has come to broaden access to our technology to a wider Big Data community.
Today, we are truly excited to announce the Vertica Community Edition beta program! The Vertica Community Edition will offer many of the same features as the enterprise edition of the Vertica Analytics Platform to anyone who wants to discover the power of Vertica. And, as part of the Community Edition beta announcement, we are developing a new MyVertica Community portal which will provide a platform for Vertica users and partners to interact and share knowledge and code with the entire Vertica user community.
Vertica has always been a customer-driven company and we couldn’t have built Vertica without ideas, feedback and guidance from our customers and partners. We hope that the Vertica community will play a similar role going forward – sharing ideas and best practices and providing candid feedback about the product and how it can be made richer and simpler to use. The MyVertica community portal will feature product downloads, forums, documentation, training materials, FAQs and best practice guides. We will also be maintaining a GitHub code repository where community users will be able to share code samples, user-defined extensions built using our SDK, adapters to 3rd party products, and more. We hope that with the Community Edition, we take a small step towards our vision of democratizing data and making data and analytics accessible to all!
To register for the Vertica Community Edition beta program, simply visit www.vertica.com/community and complete the registration form. The beta program will be limited initially, but full availability of the Vertica Community Edition software is expected by the end of the year.
On behalf of Vertica and HP, we are excited to contribute something back to the Vertica Community. We sincerely invite you to join and contribute, and we can’t wait to see the many cool things you will do with Big Data and Vertica!
Shilpa & Colin