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Throwback Thursday: Our Ascent has begun!

Around 5 years ago there was a time where you could fit the names of every Vertica employee on a single poster. Today let’s just say it would take something much bigger, perhaps a tapestry. This particular poster was put together after we launched in 2007. Hats off to Ben Vandiver for hanging onto this piece of Vertica history! Here we are 7 years later, still climbing with no signs of slowing down.


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Throwback Thursday: The Andover Office

We all catch ourselves thinking about the past from time to time. The good ol’ days, the bad ones, the “meh” ones. It’s all part of the adventure that got us here to today. At Vertica, we’ve certainly had quite the journey since our founding in 2005, and there are still many grizzled Vertica veterans in our ranks to this day. Starting this week we’ll be sharing some of our fond memories of the past, both for Vertica, and the Big Data industry in general.


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Our first entry is a snapshot from 2008 of the old Andover offices. Ben Vandiver, one of our Senior Engineers, recalled that the conference room heating was so bad, they had to jury-rig a pipe to route the heat exhaust from our data center into the room to stay warm. Ingenuity at it’s finest ladies and gentlemen. Needless to say we’ve come a long way since then, but you gotta love the start up days, and that that mentality still lives on here today.

DbVisualizer Free for HP Vertica

DB Visualizer for HP Vertica

As a special service to Vertica users and the Big Data community, we have released a new version of DbVisualizer, DbVisualizer Free for Vertica, which is now available for free on the HP Vertica Marketplace. This is an optimized version of DB Visualizer that is unique to Vertica, as it is customized specifically for unique Vertica functions, like viewing projections, and some features usually reserved for the pro version such as multiple execution options. Now available for download here.

All Aboard the Modern Data Architecture Roadshow!

Following fresh on the heels of HP and HortonWorks’ partnership, HP is sponsoring the upcoming #Hadoop and the Modern Data Architecture roadshow. We are proud to be Gold sponsors of the event in Tyson’s Corner, VA on September 23rd, 2014. The day long workshop will focus on gaining insight into the business value derived from Hadoop, understanding the technical role of Hadoop within your data center, and looking at the future of Hadoop as presented by the builders and architects of the platform.

Our HP team at the event will focus on HAVEn, our big data analytics solution, and we’re sending some of our top experts from Vertica and Autonomy to answer any questions you might have. Vertica is HP’s next generation analytics platform and is focused on handling structured data. The HP Vertica engine is helping data analysts all over the world perform ad hoc queries in record time. With HAVEn, this is paired with HP Autonomy, which handles the unstructured data and analysis portion of your big data needs.

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  • Hadoop/HDFS: Catalogue massive volumes of distributed data.
  • Autonomy IDOL: Process and index all information.
  • Vertica: Analyze at extreme scale in real-time.
  • Enterprise Security: Collect & unify machine data.
  • nApps: Powering HP Software + your apps.

Come by to the conference tomorrow to learn all about how HP HAVEn and Hortonworks work together to meet your Big Data needs. Get more information here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

BDC 2014 – Day 3

Yesterday was the culmination of the HP Vertica BDC 2014. In the morning we had an excellent open question session hosted by the members of Sillicon Angle’s The Cube followed by the usual engaging break out sessions.

The Developers Lounge was especially packed today with people eager to discuss their Big Data thoughts and questions with our team. There really is something great about being able to sit down with lunch and a beer and talk face to face with customers and developers alike from all across the globe. That of course is what this whole conference is about! Bringing people together in real time, with real talk, and real answers.

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Tom Davenport took the stage that afternoon to a welcome round of applause. With years of experience in the big data industry, Tom Davenport has been named a “Big Data Visionary” and is the author of the book “Big Data @ Work. He shared with us a brief (and at some points hilarious) history of Big Data, discussing how it evolved from analysts in shady back rooms, to spreadsheets, to modern day near real-time analytics. Tom explained that the culmination of ALL the data is what makes organizations, old and new, successful. Companies are now producing products and services based on data that is linked directly to customers and not just speculation and comparability primitive research. As a side note, Tom also recommends “People you may know” in Linkedin as a really good way for making long conference calls more interesting. As a whole, it was a diverse and thoroughly entertaining hour of insight and knowledge for us all, and for that we thank you Mr. Davenport.

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Finally, It wouldn’t be an HP Vertica conference without an epic send off party would it? Despite the rain and a slight change of location, we invited everyone across the street to attend our very own carnival, filled with men on stilts, magic tricks, games, and of course food and drink.

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Today we wrap up our time here at the BDC 2014. I want to say personally how incredibly awesome this conference has been. I hope everyone comes away from this having made new connections, learned new things, and most importantly, made new friends.

BDC 2014 – Day 2

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Well, day 2 of the HP Vertica Big Data Conference is over and we’re on to day 3! Yesterday was absolutely incredible, with two fantastic keynotes and a fervor of HP Vertica conversation happening down the hall in the developer zone. To Kick the day off, our developer zone opened bright and early with breakfast at 7AM ready to showcase the new and exciting features of the HP Vertica analytics platform.

Next up, we had our first Keynote with an opening video speech from our CEO Meg Whitman, followed by a great talk from our GM Colin Mahony. Next, an epic return of Tariq, the human analytical genius, rubix cube master, and now turned baloon – magician. I would have thought it would be hard for him to top last years feat of solving a rubix cube in under 15 seconds, but solving one this year in under 30 seconds ONE HANDED is well… one way to do it.

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After that, Jorge Ahumanda, Executive Director of the TEAM Network from Conversational International took the stage with an exciting intro video about their incredible efforts to protect and save the rain forests (featuring celebrity and board member Harrison Ford). The fact that over 25% of people on the planet depend on the rain forest directly every day to live (and the fact that we loose a football field sized portion of it every second) really drives home the importance of providing the CI TEAM with the analytical capabilities they need to keep fighting to save these ecosystems.

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Finally, to wrap up the day, we had none other than Jim Cochrane, CIO & Executive Vice President of the USPS, take to the stage to discuss the analytical challenges one faces when every person in the US is your customer. As it turns out, with that broad of a customer base you run into many tasks, such as monitoring 217,000 vehicles every day, and fending off over 14 billion attacks on your website per month (talk about security needs). To deal with these challenges and to capitalize on your data you need a platform like HP Vertica to provide the security and analytics you need. As Jim Cochrane concluded: “Be curious, ask questions and assume nothing.” We couldn’t agree more.

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I have to say experiencing the diversity and knowledge of the customers, partners, and prospects I’ve met so far at this BDC has been really something special, and it can only get better as we roll into day 3. Looking forward to seeing you all out there!

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