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Posted January 7, 2020 by Mike Perrow, Senior Product Marketing Writer/Editor

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Loading ZIP Code Boundaries from a Shapefile in Three Easy Steps!

Are you working on a project where you'd like to classify position data into a geographic region? The US Census Bureau provides shapefiles for ZIP code tracts that you can ingest into Vertica and use to identify the ZIP code for given coordinates. In this exercise, we'll load the shapefile into Vertica, examine the contents,...

Announcing the Availability of Grafana Data Source Plugin for Vertica

The Vertica-Grafana-Plugin is finally here! Grafana allows you to query, visualize, alert on, and understand your metrics. Grafana has a repository where plugins are available for many Apps and Data Sources and they promote the development of plugins from the Grafana community. We are pleased to announce the availability of the vertica-grafana-datasource, a community developed...
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Vertica 9.3 Supports UPDATE and DELETE Operations on Tables Having Live Aggregate Projections!

A live aggregate projection contains columns with values that are aggregated from columns in its anchor table. When you load data into the table, Vertica aggregates the data before loading it into the live aggregate projection. On subsequent loads (for example, through INSERT or COPY) Vertica recalculates aggregations with the new data and updates the...
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Parallel Processing Using Partitions With Vertica UDx

You can add functionality to Vertica using UDx, but what if you need to process more data than can be efficiently processed in a single thread or a single node? Vertica can divide data into partitions defined with the OVER() clause and distribute computing across nodes. This partition processing is "shared-nothing" similar to the Map...
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Announcing Vertica Version 9.3 – Ride the Winds of Change

The have been blowing strong. This week, Vertica version 9.3 made its big splash. Vertica has a tendency to pack a lot of features even into minor releases, and this is not a minor release. Rather than dive deep, I’m going to skim the surface of the ocean of new features. Eon Mode Improvements Eon...

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Datadog Announces Integration with Vertica to Monitor Performance and Availability

Datadog helps customers ensure high performance and availability of their applications by providing visibility into the full application stack: infrastructure, middleware, and applications. They have achieved this by building a robust set of turn-key integrations that include SaaS and Cloud solutions, automation tools, databases and server components, and many more. Now, they have announced integration...
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Extending Vertica with Python functions: Adding NumPy FFT as a UDx

User-Defined Transform Function (UDTF) support for Python UDx were added back in Vertica 9.1, allowing you to add a much greater range of existing libraries and functions to Vertica. In this example, I'll add Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) from the NumPy package. FFT is a way to transform time-domain data into frequency-domain data. My test...
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Can a 100-Year Old Business Innovate with IoT Analytics?

One of my greatest pleasures is dining out at all the amazing restaurants here in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. I am always amazed and so proud of the innovative and authentic ethnic cuisines that have made the Triangle a nationally recognized foodie community. I think about the complexities of...

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Finding the “K” in K-means Clustering With a UDx

You can apply k-means clustering to partition data points into k different groups. Along with the data, the number of clusters "k" is an input to the algorithm. Common examples like the Iris data set tell you upfront how many different groups exist, so you set k=3. What if you don't know how many clusters...
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Vertica in Eon Mode Depot – Where Did You Go?

Separating compute from storage is such a hot topic these days. “Instance types” and “S3 Object Storage” are core to the language of the public clouds (unless you’re Azure, then substitute S3 with Blob but leave the Object Storage part). This next-generation architecture enables so many operational and economic advantages – workload isolation, elastic scaling,...
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Tracking Raw Schema Size Over Time

There is no way to go back in time to see how large a schema was a day/month/year ago. But you can use the AUDIT function to get a “raw” size of a schema and track growth over time by storing the results from a daily audit. Using cron, you can run this daily. Helpful...

Introducing an Industry First – Vertica in Eon Mode for Pure Storage

This week at the Pure Accelerate conference, Vertica and Pure Storage of Vertica in Eon Mode for Pure Storage, the industry’s first and only analytical database solution with a separation of compute and storage architecture for on-premises analytic workloads. Why is this important to you? The rush to migrate analytic workloads to the cloud was,...

Vertica Big Data Conference Registration is Open!

We’re excited to announce that for the next Vertica Big Data Conference (BDC), held March 30 – April 2, 2020, at the Encore Boston Harbor Hotel. Don’t miss out on the early bird pricing rate of $695 (a $300 savings), along with buy 3 get 1 free group discounts!   What is the Big Data...

7 Critical Capabilities for Embedded Analytics

Software and technology vendors serving a range of industries – from security to healthcare – are increasingly turning to embedded analytics as a way to deliver value-added services and applications to their customers. Enterprises that embrace embedded analytics are changing the dynamics of business in every vertical market. The most disruptive companies in these industries...