Data Management

The Vertica Analytic Database: C-Store 7 Years Later

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Executive Summary

This paper describes the system architecture of the Vertica Analytic Database (Vertica), a commercialization of the design of the C-Store research prototype. Vertica demonstrates a modern commercial RDBMS system that presents a classical relational interface while at the same time achieving the high performance expected from modern "Web scale" analytic systems by making appropriate architectural choices. Vertica is also an instructive lesson in how academic systems research can be directly commercialized into a successful product. The Vertica Analytic Database (Vertica) is a distributed, massively parallel RDBMS system that commercializes the ideas of the C-Store project.

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