Back in March, I suggested that compression was a central and compelling aspect of Vertica’s story. Well, in their new blog, the Vertica guys now strongly reinforce that impression.
I recommend those two Database Column posts (by Sam Madden) highly. I’ve rarely seen such a clear, detailed presentation of a company’s technical argument. My own thoughts on the subject boil down to:
- In principle, all the technology (and hence all the technological advantages) they’re talking about could be turned into features of one of the indexing options of a row-oriented RDBMS. But in practice, there’s no indication that this will happen any time soon.
- Release 1 of the Vertica product will surely have many rough edges.
- Some startups are surprisingly ignorant of the issue involved in building a successful, industrial-strength DBMS. But a company that has both Mike Stonebraker and Jerry Held seriously involved has a big advantage. They may make other kinds of errors, but they won’t make many ignorant ones.