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Director - Big Data, IoT and Analytics at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Low cost, high performance with large scale queries, and integrates well in an enterprise setting
Pros and Cons
  • "For me, It's performance, scalability, low cost, and it's integrated into enterprise and big data environments."
  • "Some of our small to medium-sized customers would like to see containerization and flexibility from the deployment standpoint."

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers and we provide products for our customers.

Our clients are using this solution in two ways; one is for a data warehouse, and the second is for analytics in the database.

What is most valuable?

The data warehouse has exceedingly high performance and has the ability to do large scale queries very effectively. It fits well in large enterprises.

All features are valuable. It's a combination of capabilities that's all in one place, which is incredibly powerful.

For me, it's performance, scalability, low cost, and it's integrated into enterprise and big data environments.

What needs improvement?

Some of our small to medium-sized customers would like to see containerization and flexibility from the deployment standpoint. They don't currently offer this as a platform as a service. Snowflake is offering this capability.

They're available in the cloud. They're available on every cloud, but they're not available as a managed platform as a service offering.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been dealing with Vertica for two years. 

We use both version 9.3 and version 10. Version 10 is the latest one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Vertica is a stable solution, it's rock solid. Production workloads being run on it are super steady. It's high availability, massively parallel processing. Nodes go down and you don't even notice.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. For example, if we look at Uber drivers, they are able to monitor the position and availability of the drivers and match that against the number of customers for every customer and every driver worldwide globally.

They do a geospatial analysis and calculate their search pricing. They are defined by geographical boundaries, they are defined by where the people are and where the drivers are. This is done for every city in the world for every driver. That gives you an idea of the scale they are able to do in this particular use case.

This gives you the idea of the scale, the performance, and the ability to do analytics in the database. They do this so much more cost-effectively than they would on any other platform.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is extremely good. They know the product and they're very good.
I don't have any complaints regarding technical support.

How was the initial setup?

Vertica is known for its ease of administration. I would say that the initial setup is easier than most.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price varies completely. Cost information is available publically where you can compare with other solutions.

From a cost perspective, the software is less than most of its competitors.

Customers save money by a smaller hardware footprint, fewer nodes, less storage, lower-cost storage, and no appliances. So it is typically a lot less money than an Oracle, Teradata, or Snowflake. 

Overall, they are highly competitive when it comes to pricing.

What other advice do I have?

The customers love them. They absolutely love them.

Before implementing this solution, make sure that it is on the list and that you evaluate it.

I would rate Vertica a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Teddy Elias
Senior Manager, Systems and Network Engineering at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Improved my organization's functionality and performance
Pros and Cons
  • "It has improved my organization's functionality and performance."
  • "We are looking for a cheaper deployment for the solution. Although we did a lot of benchmarks, like Redshift. We tried Redshift, it didn't work. It didn't work out for us as well."

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved my organization's functionality and performance. 

What is most valuable?

You don't have any more dependency on the local store. In order to build the on-prem process for Vertica, you need to make a lot of changes and be picky about choosing your hardware for it. On Eon, you just put it on S3, so you're not paying a penny for the stores anymore. That's the good thing about Eon. 

What needs improvement?

We are looking for a cheaper deployment for the solution. Although we did a lot of benchmarks, like Redshift. We tried Redshift, it didn't work. It didn't work out for us as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Vertica since 2009.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

When you're on-prem, you're always worried about losing your nodes. It was hard to restore especially when you have big data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been amazing. We have seen a lot of improvement. We have developers and we have a production demo. We have hosted clusters for customers, we have deployed customer scope. I can scribe them by petabytes. I can scale them by the number of users. It depends on the customers. For one project we can have 15 to 20 consecutive users, but they deal with petabytes of storage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is really bad. Maybe Micro Focus has changed but they were not good before. They weren't really responsive. We've never had good support.

I would rate it a three out of ten. I met with them two months ago. They asked why we didn't renew our support. They wasted a lot of our money. We've had really bad experiences with Vertica.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Oracle and we decided to go for big data. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward for me, it's not complex at all. You need to be at least a bit of a database administrator and really get certified on Vertica in order to use it. 

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering Vertica is to go for it. 

Nothing is missing. I would rate it a ten out of ten.

The only issues are support and the price. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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