Executive Summary

Vertica is a leading analytics platform that can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid fashion and is also available as a database service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Vertica is one of the most important products in the portfolio of Micro Focus International, a global software company based in the U.K. with annual revenues of $2.9 billion (fiscal year 2021). Vertica, which hit the market in 2007 as a columnar scale-out database capable of powering ultra-high-scale analytics, was acquired by Micro Focus in 2017. 

Vertica has evolved from a database into a modern analytics platform that can unify myriad data sources into warehouses and across data lakes. Vertica spans SQL, advanced analytics, and data science requirements such as machine learning (ML). It can also be flexibly deployed on-premises, in multiple clouds, or in hybrid environments as well as consumed as a database service. Vertica is also embeddable into third-party software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. 

This Offering Overview provides an overview of Vertica. It identifies key differentiators; examines functional capabilities; considers Vertica’s strengths and weaknesses; and provides use cases, including two customer case studies. Technology buyers should use this report to evaluate Vertica for implementation. 

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