Major release of column-oriented, MPP DBMS features dozens of enhancements driven by fastest growing customer base in analytic data management
CHICAGO, May 5, 2009 – Vertica announced a major release of the Vertica Analytic Database at the TDWI Conference with new performance, analytic and security features designed to make it the analytic data management workhorse of modern data centers.
Vertica Analytic Database 3.0 includes dozens of new features that make it the best available data warehousing platform for a wide variety of industries and applications. These features are derived from scores of Vertica users, who compose one of the fastest growing customer bases in the analytic database and appliance market, with nearly 100 installations in just two years. Vertica 3.0 has also been enhanced to support the needs of modern data centers that are adopting virtualization and cloud computing to become more responsive to users, more cost-efficient and greener.
Corporate data centers are undergoing enormous change, incorporating new cost-saving technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and MPP architectures. Unlike special-purpose hardware-based appliances like Netezza, Vertica 3.0, with its column-oriented, MPP architecture was designed specifically to facilitate this evolution and provide a faster and more economic way to deploy large-scale, high-performance analytic data marts.
These enhancements have been driven by the many customer deployments of Vertica in telecommunications, finance, marketing, software as a service (SaaS), healthcare and other markets where traditional databases can no longer get the job done. Vertica 3.0 builds on the success of these deployments, making it a well-rounded technology that is more responsive to the ever-changing analytic needs of businesses.
“We chose to standardize on the Vertica Analytic Database 3.0 to keep improving our market competitiveness,” said Larry Lancaster, CTO of Glassbeam, the first company to provide SaaS for product analytics. “Vertica 3.0 is extremely fast, economical and performs with non-stop reliability, helping us deliver the best possible service to our customers.”
Some new key features in Vertica 3.0 include additional analytic capabilities, such as support for SQL-99 analytic functions and new data types. SQL analytics enable user to create more powerful queries, with even more ease and efficiency. Support for new data types makes Vertica well suited for a wider range of industries and applications, such as adding IP address storage which is critical for telecommunications and companies performing web click-stream analysis.
With this latest version, Vertica is also the first analytic database to automatically analyze and optimize its performance. A new function continuously monitors its workload to determine the best way for the database engine to access the data. The result is a highly adaptive analytic database that automatically responds to changing user demands.
The company also improved the security features of Vertica 3.0 with integrated authentication and SSL client security encryption. The new release adds support for Kerberos v5, LDAP and Active Directory network security services to authenticate users’ access at runtime. SSL encryption secures client/server exchanges over network channels that have no inherent security.
The new version also loads data faster. It offers record-setting load performance of over 5 terabytes per hour. And other new load improvements, including the ability to operate directly on compressed files, groups of files using a wildcard and files on remote nodes.
“The winning combination of our industry-leading Revenue Maximization solutions, key components of a Revenue Operations Center (ROC), and release 3.0 of Vertica’s high-performance analytic database will provide CSPs with an efficient operations data warehousing system enabling real-time analytics and intelligence leading to greater efficiencies and enhanced business value.” said Colin Hales, vice president – Global Alliances, Subex Ltd.
Vertica 3.0 relies on a unique columnar, MPP architecture and pioneering data compression to reduce storage requirements by as much as 90 percent, dramatically cutting hardware overhead and energy consumption so companies can analyze larger amounts of data at a fraction of the cost. It can operate directly on that compressed data, delivering query results 50 to 200 times faster than other databases.
Vertica 3.0 is available starting this month and can be run on Linux servers, any VMware ESX or VMware Server-supported hardware, or on-demand in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
Vertica Systems is the market innovator for high-performance analytic database management systems that run on industry-standard hardware. Co-founded by database pioneer Dr. Michael Stonebraker, Vertica has developed column-oriented analytic database technology with an MPP architecture that lets companies of any size store and query very large databases orders of magnitude faster and more affordably than other solutions. The Vertica Analytic Database is available as software only, as a hardware based appliance, as a virtual appliance on VMware or online as a cloud computing solution. The technology’s unmatched speed, scalability, flexibility and ease of use helps customers like JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, Mozilla, Comcast, Level(3) Communications and Vonage capitalize on business opportunities in real time. Vertica is headquartered in Billerica, Mass. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.vertica.com.