Vertica Systems strengthened analytical and performance capabilities in the latest version of its database.
Vertica Systems has upgraded its columnar database technology with a focus on performance and analytics.
In Vertica Analytic Database 4.0, the company has added new time series and sessionization to bolster the database's analytic capabilities
The time series features help organizations analyze streams of data
that occur at irregular time intervals, such as stock quotes or network
monitoring information, by adding the ability to standardize the time
intervals and therefore make the analysis much easier.
Sessionization, meanwhile, helps Web properties analyze clickstream
data, which can be made difficult because of the challenge of
determining what constitutes one session on a Website, explained Dave
Menninger, vice president of product management and marketing at
"Because the analysis is so difficult, sessionizing the clickstream
data is often based on some very simplistic assumptions," he said. "For
example, if a click occurs within 30 seconds of the previous click it
is part of the same session...[so] not only can the analyses be performed in SQL
but they can also be data driven and specific to each user. Therefore
if one user is busy Tweeting, checking Facebook and e-mailing while browsing a Website
his or her session characteristics can be significantly different than someone who is doing nothing but browsing the Website."
Around workload management, the company has added the ability for
administrators to divide the computing resources into pools and
allocate them to specific users and tasks. For example, customer-facing
operations can have database resources dedicated and available to
ensure that users meet critical requirements while less time-sensitive
operations can be given a different set of resources.
Vertica also made changes to its optimizer and execution engine. The
parallelization process in 4.0 was dramatically improved, Menninger
said, and is now based on the number of cores available in the system.
"In previous versions, parallelization is fundamentally driven by
the physical structure of the database," he said. "The second set of
enhancements relate to the Vertica's ability to distribute more of the
workload equally to the various nodes in the cluster. All MPP databases
a split - some work is done in a distributed fashion and the results of
the individual nodes are then compiled or combined in one location
within the cluster. ..unlike standard optimizers that determine an
optimal single-node plan and then introduce parallelizing operators
into it as an afterthought, our patent-pending optimizer algorithms
account for data distribution during the join order enumeration phase
of the optimizer."
In hopes of expanding its customer base internationally,
Vertica 4.0 has been made fully Unicode-capable, meaning it can store
and manage data in multiple languages.
"Vertica has dozens of satisfied customers overseas, but Vertica 4.0
will be our flagship for a huge international expansion," said
Christopher Lynch, Vertica's CEO, in a statement. "Vertica 4.0 is
backed by a rich ecosystem of software, services, server and storage
vendors. We intend to fundamentally change the way the world is able to
store, access and monetize their data."