Vertica Analytics Platform Version 9.2.x Documentation

Creating Tables

CREATE TABLE creates a table in the Vertica logical schema. For example:

CREATE TABLE vendor_dimension (
   vendor_key        INTEGER      NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
   vendor_name       VARCHAR(64),
   vendor_address    VARCHAR(64),
   vendor_city       VARCHAR(64),
   vendor_state      CHAR(2),
   vendor_region     VARCHAR(32),
   deal_size         INTEGER,
   last_deal_update  DATE
);

Table Data Storage

Unlike traditional databases that store data in tables, Vertica physically stores table data in projections, which are collections of table columns. Projections store data in a format that optimizes query execution. Similar to materialized views, they store result sets on disk rather than compute them each time they are used in a query.

In order to query or perform any operation on a Vertica table, the table must have one or more projections associated with it. For more information, see Physical Schema in Vertica Concepts.

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