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Constellation Research Report Finds Vertica 10 a Leading Choice

A few pages into a 10, produced by Constellation Research, principle analyst Doug Henschen summarizes the top new capabilities of Vertica 10 like this: In short, the Vertica team has steadily evolved the product to keep pace with the demands of organizations that seek to do the following: Unify diverse data sources and data types,...

Take Nothing but Memories. Leave Nothing but Footprints

For those who have read my previous blog postings, attended one of our Big Data & Machine Learning Meetups, or have met me at one of the many trade shows or conferences over the years, you will be all too aware of my love for . For those who are not aware, a Raspberry Pi...
The Earth

“awk” sed Grep, “whoami?”. Time CC if bash makes head or tail and sort > plain.txt and make us API

Things to do whilst confined to barracks due to COVID-19 For those who know me well, having worked in IT for four decades, will know that I can be a bit of a Luddite when it comes to new-fangled technology. Give me a character-based, green-screen PuTTY application over any pointy-clicky interface.  Let me use vsql...
Analytics human interest stories

Making a Difference with Analytics – Inspiring Human Interest Stories

I wake up before the sun rises, head to my home office, parse through the emails that have flowed in overnight, and look at my calendar to prepare for my day. I fill daylight hours with meetings, research, more meetings, writing … and more meetings. Sometimes, it is exhausting and even a little overwhelming. So,...
goldfinch songbird in a field of thistle in Wales

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...
Flight Tracking

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...
Planets in solar system

The Kafka Convergence

Apache Kafka seems to be everywhere these days. I’m feeling a bit surrounded by Kafka right now, in fact, like I’m at the center of a convergence of the planets, and data flowing through Kafka is the gravitational pull. Let me give you an idea of what I mean. So, Vertica just announced the release...

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...
Machine learning robot studying equations and graphs

In-Database Machine Learning 1 – Why Would You Do That?

Co-authored with Paige Roberts. A lot of modern like Vertica allow you to do machine learning from end to end, right in the database, rather than moving and transforming the data first into something like a Spark dataframe or a Python data structure. Whenever people hear about this capability, they have two questions. The first...
Hand writing the text: Helpful Tips

Use Time Series Analytics to Generate a List of Dates at a Specific Start Date

Time series analytics evaluate the values of a given set of variables over time and group those values into a window (based on a time interval) for analysis and aggregation. This feature comes in handy if I need to generate a list of dates using some interval, for example 1 MONTH. Example: But why did...
Commercial passenger plane with Vertica painted on the tail

Blog Post Series: Using Vertica to Track Commercial Aircraft in near Real-Time — Part 7

Preparing Vertica to consume messages from Kafka How time has flown (no pun intended!).  At long last getting back to continuing this project on tracking commercial aircraft… Having covered ADS-B, the Raspberry Pi, DUMP1090, Zookeeper and Kafka and then in the how to develop an Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) application to present a continuous...
Vertica One on One with Davin Potts, CEO Appliomics, Founder KNIME, Core Python Committer

One on One with Davin Potts: 6. Advantages of In-Database Machine Learning

At the recent Data Day Texas event, I sat down with Davin Potts and had a long conversation about a wide variety of subjects. This is the final installment of the discussion. It was a lot of fun catching up and talking shop. In this final interview post, we talked about some of the advantages of doing...