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Announcing Vertica Version 11

Posted August 11, 2021 by Paige, Vertica Open Source Relations Manager

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Beware of the Black Box Bundle

When Vertica was acquired by Hewlett Packard, we were told that we needed to change our messaging about commodity hardware. HP didn’t feel comfortable with the phrase, because it implied that underlying infrastructure was not a key differentiator. But as a true software company who designed every line of code to be optimized for infrastructure...

Vertica is in the G2 Leaders’ Corner… once again

When it comes to technology, the business world doesn’t have time for popularity contests. Technology that doesn’t cut it falls by the wayside, and gets replaced with whatever helps a business achieve its goals. The Vertica team is happy to be part of our customers’ successes, whether we’ve helped them replace outmoded or poor-performing data...
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Quick Tip: WITH Clause Recursion

Starting with version 10.1.x, Vertica supports recursive queries. These are incredibly useful in modeling and working with self-referential hierarchical data. Let's take a look at a natural instance of this form of data: the manager-subordinate relationship. The following table contains employees (EMP_NAME), their IDs (EMP_ID), and the IDs of their managers (EMP_MGR_ID). For example, the...
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Quick Tip: Combine SQL and vsql Meta-commands on the vsql Command Line

When using vsql, the -c (--command) flag lets you pass a single statement to vsql as a string and then exits. Examples: While you can't combine a SQL statement with a vsql meta-command... ...You can use echo to combine and pipe SQL statements and vsql meta-functions to vsql! Have Fun!

EMA Awards Vertica as Top Vendor for Hyperperformance with Multi-Structured Data in Radar Report on Unified Analytics Warehouses

If you could describe in just one word what Vertica provides better than any other unified analytics platform on the market, what would that word be? Read any of our case studies, watch any of our Data Disruptor Webcasts, or attend Vertica Unify ’21, and, chances are, you’ll agree that that one word is performance....

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Kubernetes StatefulSets Makes Containerization of Vertica a Piece of Cake

Containerization is an idea that seems tasty and wonderful at first. Automated deployment on any platform is a particularly enticing advantage, especially for Vertica, a database with infrastructure freedom as a core principle. Fast deployment without human intervention makes containers incredibly useful, especially in environments that require dynamic scaling. And containers are small, quick to...

New Forrester Total Economic Impact Study: Vertica customers achieve big results

Predictive analytics is becoming an imperative for nearly every organization that hopes to increase market share. Modern data analytics techniques provide insights into where a business is heading, based partly on where it has been, and on the clear trend lines that point to where the business is going. So, if you’re an entrepreneur, or...
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Quick Tip: Create User-Defined Inverse Hyperbolic Functions

Vertica includes a ton of built-in mathematical functions to help you on your analytic journey, and creating new ones is quick and easy. Let's create the inverse hyperbolic functions: ACOSH - To compute the inverse (arc) hyperbolic cosine of its argument. ASINH - To compute the inverse (arc) hyperbolic sine of its argument. ATANH -...

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Quick Tip: Create “Super Wide” Tables

Starting in Vertica 10.1.0, you can go super wide with up to 9,800 column definitions in a table! Prior to Vertica 10.1.x, tables were limited to 1,600 columns. Example Creating a table with 9,800 columns: Hint: Try to avoid running a SELECT * FROM … a table with 9,800 columns and a trillion+ rows 😊...
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Quick Tip: Use a “Seed” Table to Populate a Table with Random Values

Oftentimes, I need to do some testing with randomly generated data. For instance, if I need to insert a million rows I used to cross join several system tables with one another in an INSERT statement. Method 1 (bad): CROSS JOIN Suppose we need a table full of many random UUIDs. We could do this...
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Quick Tip: EXPORT TO PARQUET Compression with GZIP, Brotli, and ZSTD

EXPORT TO PARQUET exports a table, columns from a table, or query results to files in the Parquet format. These Parquet files use Snappy compression by default. Starting in Vertica 10.1.1, EXPORT TO PARQUET supports the GZIP, Brotli, and ZSTD compression types! Let’s see how these compression types compare in disk usage: Snappy compression: GZIP...

Join us in the Vertica Unify Developer Lounge: An interview with Vertica’s CTO Chuck Bear

Every Vertica conference provides users and big data enthusiasts an opportunity to network with their peers in data analytics. But for attendees to find the exact Vertica engineer for questions and answers, there’s nothing like the popular Developer Lounge, which returns this year at Vertica Unify 2021. It’s the place for Vertica users to meet...

Vertica 10.1.1 Goes Beyond Analytics with Support for Azure Cloud, Kubernetes, and Containers

With each release of Vertica, you can always count on major enhancements and features to help you address each step of the predictive analytics process with even more analytical functions and end-to-end machine learning capabilities. While Vertica 10.1.1 includes support for the latest version of PMML, 4.4, some useful new analytical functions, and a new...

Be inspired by the best – DataGals Panel at Vertica Unify 2021

Over the years, I’ve had the honor to work with a variety of women who have a passion for software development, product management, data science, and analytics. These are all very technical career paths, and as women, we know we’ll be in the minority, often the only woman in the room or on the team....