Vertica Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 14, 2019

Vertica Review

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It is able to intake real-time streaming data without much pre-processing and latency.
  • Easy to integrate with real-time streaming ingestion engine.
  • Vertica does not perform well when you have a lot of schemata.
  • The management console including GUI is lacking features and can be improved with features that are typical of a database.
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Eva Donaldson | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 04, 2017

Analysis at Scale

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Analytical querying due to built in analytical functions that actually perform across TB of data.
  • Ingestion of data. We can send billions of rows to Vertica easily via the WOS system and it is ready for use immediately.
  • Efficient storage of data. What raw is TB of data, once ingested into Vertica only takes up GB of disk space.
  • Management! The management console is intuitive and useful making keeping an eye on your cluster easier than any other product like this I have used.
  • Deletion is tough in Vertica. Because one of our larger fact tables is rapidly changing we have a need to run purges on a regular basis. Those purges can take a day and delays the other processes while that is happening. It would be nice if when I hit delete, it really deleted.
  • Permissions on table manipulation is a bit lacking. In order to edit a table structure you have to be the owner, ie the creator, of the table. It means setting up true administrators who can maintain each other's work is tough.
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Praveen Murugesan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Extremely fast query performance - Vertica is one of the fastest query engines out there.
  • Scales to TBs - Scales reasonably well up to 10-20 nodes and 10 - 100s of TB of data.
  • Easy to Use - Fairly easy to user, we made quite some headway with just 1 person running it for a while.
  • PetaByte Scale data - Vertica Just cannot deal with this, it starts to crumble beyond 100s of TB of data.
  • Concurrent Usage - Vertica starts to have significant backpressure as your concurrent users grow quickly. We had trouble scaling post 20-30 users and had to invent our our queuing strategies.
  • Vertical stack - storage + compute tier in one stack, this doesn't help the cause of scaling. Other systems leverage the advantage of storage and compute being different tiers (eg: HDFS + Presto)
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Traian Antonescu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • IO optimized - it's a columnar store, no indexing structures to maintain like traditional databases, the indexing is achieved by storing the data sorted on disk, which itself is run transparently as a background process.
  • Reduced data storage footprint through advanced encoding schemas (RLE, common-delta, etc.) as well as compression algorithms ability to operate directly on the encoded data.
  • Could use some work on better integrating with cloud providers and open source technologies. For AWS you will find an AMI in the marketplace and recently a connector for loading data from S3 directly was created. With last release, integration with Kafka was added that can help.
  • Managing large workloads (concurrent queries) is a bit challenging.
  • Having a way to provide an estimate on the duration for currently executing queries / etc. can be helpful. Vertica provides some counters for the query execution engine that are helpful but some may find confusing.
  • Unloading data over JDBC is very slow. We've had to come up with alternatives based on vsql, etc. Not a very clean, official on how to unload data.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Speed. Even with tables with 20 Billion+ rows, Vertica performs reasonably well.
  • Analytical functions. Some of the advanced functions in Vertica enable/facilitate interesting and complex analyses.
  • Reliability. We never run into reliability issues with Vertica.
  • Data size limitations. Beyond a certain threshold Vertica breaks down. Because of this, we are not able to put all our data in Vertica and have to resort to Scala/Hive on Hadoop.
  • Pricing: Vertica can get pretty expensive with large data sizes.
  • Speed: Queries could always be faster!
  • Limited options for querying clients: We primarily use Vertica from our terminals. Options for GUI clients are ugly and outdated. Using the terminal for querying is sometimes annoying, with problems like showing query runtime only in milliseconds and not being able to change it, columns being hard to read when there are more columns than the display space etc.
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About Vertica

The Vertica Analytics Platform supplies enterprise data warehouses with big data analytics capabilities and modernization. Vertica is owned and supported by Micro Focus.
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