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Vertica database to compete with Oracle

Database legend Michael Stonebraker is a partner in the new "Vertica" database, a grid-enabled column-oriented relational database.  The Gartner group has predicted that Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing will be the fastest growing areas with database management, and Vertica may compete with other open source alternatives to Oracle such as EnterpriseDB:

Co-founded in 2005 by database research and technology pioneer Dr. Michael Stonebraker, Vertica has developed a new grid-enabled, column-oriented relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs on industry-standard, Linux-based hardware.

The Vertica Database™ provides extremely fast ad hoc SQL query performance, even for very large databases, making it well suited for:

  • Data warehousing
  • Data marts
  • Clickstream analysis
  • Fraud detection
  • Call detail analysis
  • Consumer customer analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Other query-intensive applications

Vertica has also nabbed some former Oracle executives including Ray Lane and Jerry Held, but most stunning of all Vertica claims to be 100x faster than traditional databases:

"The company says its technology can be used to execute queries 100 times faster than traditional row-oriented relational database management systems."

Vertica claims that traditional relational databases have problems with BI query speed:

  • People can't analyze as much data as they need to, as fast and as frequently as they need to, or in as many ways as they would like
  • Desperate for better query performance, row-oriented DBMS customers spend tens of millions of dollars annually on stop-gap measures such as adding DBA resources, creating and maintaining OLAP cubes or replacing their DBMS with expensive, proprietary data warehouse appliance hardware

Evidently, Vertica is designed for data warehouse type applications and they claim to be far faster than traditional relational engines:

The Vertica Database gives more people the freedom to answer more questions faster.

The column-oriented, grid-enabled Vertica Database offers unmatched performance, scalability and flexibility for real-time, read-intensive analytical applications in financial services, telecommunications, retail, Internet, and government.

Compared with other database management solutions, the Vertica Database

  • Executes queries 100x faster than traditional row-oriented RDBMS
  • Runs on clusters and grids of inexpensive Linux hardware
  • Is 20x faster and 70% less expensive than data warehousing appliances
  • Requires up to 90% less table storage space than traditional RDBMS
  • Has dramatically lower administrative overhead

Time will tell if Vertica presents a threat to traditional BI systems.


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