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HP sets a new (and less-expensive) version of Vertica loose on unstructured data

19th Nov `13, 11:44 PM in Sectors

The folks at HP must have gotten the memos about trends such as NoSQL and the Internet of…

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The folks at HP must have gotten the memos about trends such as NoSQL and the Internet of Things, and they decided to roll the requisite capabilities into the seventh edition of the company’s Vertica database called “Crane.” Once one of a handful on columnar databases on the market designed for fast analysis of relational data using SQL, the latest edition of Vertica supports the analysis of unstructured data at a price point more in line with the often free, open source price associated with many NoSQL databases.

To be clear, though, Vertica did not turn itself into a NoSQL database, Luis Maldonado, director of product management at HP Vertica, explained in a recent interview. Rather, it’s now sporting a product called FlexZone that integrates with the Vertica platform and “allows [users] to connect to any arbitrary source” via simple connectors to and pull data (e.g., JSON files from MongoDB and CSV log files from Hadoop or someplace else), he said. Everything comes together in a single view of the data, and there’s no need to do lots of work on the data before analyzing it using tools like Tableau or QlikView, because Crane has a capability called “auto-schematization.”

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