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Vertica Version 10 Launches Today!

There’s , on the first day of the – a major new version of Vertica blasts off! Vertica version 10 soars straight into the greatest deployment flexibility of any analytical data warehouse on the market. This fast and extremely scalable platform gives you more power than ever to get industry-changing analytics, including even more advanced...
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COVID-19 Birdsong

For a number of years, when presenting one of my favourite Vertica demos, in which I talk about , I would typically start with a short, 30-second video clip to get the audience’s attention. The inspiration for this clip came about when I was staring aimlessly into the blue sky above my home in Pennard...
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How Vertica uses limitless big data analytics to blow past small-scale vendors

As time moves on, so does data.  What was once big is now small, and what was once considered fast is now not even good enough. Ten years ago, Vertica found its place in the market with New Economy companies who were not just disrupting traditional industries but creating new ones.  Social media exploded, wearables...
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Pennard, We Have a Problem – Troubleshooting Flight Tracking with the Grafana Plugin for Vertica

With Vertica’s Management Console, I have everything I need at my fingertips to manage and monitor my Vertica clusters and databases.  Whether that be investigating query performance issues, checking on the health of the cluster’s nodes, running the Database Designer or marveling at the volume of data being ingested by the Vertica Scheduler from a...
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Practice Makes Perfect at BDC 2020

Larry Bird, Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer, shot 500 free throws every morning before his first class in high school. But, he didn’t stop there. Larry was known to shoot 100 free throws after every NBA game. The result? The sharp-shooting forward from French Lick, Indiana led the NBA in free throw...
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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,...
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Finding Patterns in Stock Prices With Vertica

Vertica can ingest data from many sources and enable SQL-based preparation and analytics. Here is another real-world example: Let's use Vertica to find patterns in a public data set of stock and (Exchange-Traded Fund) ETF prices from Kaggle. I’ll use the following data source in this post: This data source provides several thousand files for...

Vertica on the Road! Using Vertica to Prepare and Analyze Vehicle Telematics Data

Vehicles generate a lot of data from onboard electronics and there is increasing interest in monitoring vehicle handling to help assess insurance risk and premiums. At Vertica, we're working with a few auto manufacturers, so I built this demo to show a relatively simple example of data collection, aggregation and preparation, and analysis of the...
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Win Big with Data at the Vertica Big Data Conference 2020

A few years ago, we held a user conference for our growing Vertica community. However, we underestimated its success – selling out the inaugural event because we had booked a venue that couldn’t accommodate the interest of hundreds of customers, prospects, and partners for what turned out to be Boston’s biggest and best Big Data...

Announcing Vertica 9.3 Instructor-Led Training Courses

Just in time for the release of version 9.3, Vertica is pleased to announce the release of two updated instructor-led training courses: Vertica 9.3 Essentials and Vertica 9.3 Descriptive Analytics. A description of each course follows: Vertica 9.3 Essentials This 4-day course explores the capabilities of the Vertica platform solution in Enterprise mode, and prepares...
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Vertica Big Data Conference 2020 – Are You Excited Yet?

The Vertica Big Data Conference (BDC) clock is ticking and my excitement is growing by the minute! I want to make sure that our Vertica community is up to date on the latest news, especially some of the General Session speakers and Breakout tracks. And let’s not forget one of the most special components of...
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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...