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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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The Top Five Ways to Run a Great Vertica Evaluation

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In last week’s blog, I listed the top five ways in which I’ve seen organizations struggle in conducting Vertica evaluations. This week, I’d like to discuss the best practices that drive good Vertica evaluations. What’s a “good” evaluation? For us at HP, it’s one that produces results that allow a company to make a technology decision that maximizes the value of the investment to the business. For our team, it’s not about convincing organizations to buy something they don’t want or need. It’s about associating an investment in our technology with a tangible business outcome.

That said, here are my top five ways to run a great Vertica evaluation.

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HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop

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HP Vertica now offers a SQL on Hadoop license, which allows you to leverage Vertica’s powerful analytics engine to explore data in Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

This offering is licensed per-node/per-year term with no data volume limits.

With your SQL on Hadoop license, you get access to proven and enterprise features like:

Database designer Management console Workload management Flex tables External tables Backup functionality

See our documentation on HP Vertica SQL on Hadoop for limitations. To learn more about other HP Vertica licenses, view our Obtaining and Installing Your HP Vertica Licenses video or contact an HP Licensing center.

The Top Five Ways to Botch a Vertica Evaluation

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In the years I’ve been working with Vertica and other large scale data technologies, I’ve been a party to a large number of technology evaluations. Most businesses are familiar with these – they’re often called either a “proof of concept”, “proof of value”, or “pilot”. Technology evaluations are a key part of the technology selection process, wherein the business identifies a set of criteria which the candidate technology must meet (or exceed). These evaluations are tightly scoped operations, with clear cut input data, test scenarios, and defined metrics to measure success which are sponsored by company leadership.

At least, that’s the theory.

While some evaluations are very much the way I Read More »

Using Location Data with HP Vertica Place

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my favorite museum in the Boston area to see a new exhibition. While I was there, I noticed a lot of visitors walking through the museum using self-guided tours on handheld devices. I knew that the museum rented such devices to visitors, but I hadn’t thought about how the museum could use these devices to gather information about visitor behavior. Because I’ve been working on HP Vertica’s geospatial functionality, HP Vertica Place, I wondered what kind of insight the museum might be able to gather from their visitors’ spatial relationship with the museum and its artwork.

HP Vertica Place leverages the performance and scale of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform and uses OGC-based Read More »

How To Make A Pumpkin Look Like Somebody

(No Artistic Talent Required!)

It’s Halloween! This holiday is second only to Christmas in terms of the amount spent per year on decorations (in the USA, anyway). But for some of us, there is more to it than cheap, mass-produced rubber spiders, talking skeletons, and so on. It’s yet another excuse to be creative, in a geeky way.

So let’s carve pumpkins! When I was a wee lad, my brother and I took black markers and made an outline of what we wanted on our pumpkins, then dear old dad would cut them with a sharp knife Read More »

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.

Old Vertica Office

Our first entry is a snapshot from 2008 of the old Andover offices. Ben Vandiver, one of our Senior Engineers, recalled Read More »

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