Vertica has been quietly selling product for three quarters and has about 50 customers.
Andy Ellicott of Vertica pointed me to the above Richard Hackathorn quote. Sadly, he asked me not to name and shame another analyst who foolishly said Vertica hadn’t “launched” yet.
But then, I understand. I’m also not going to identify the client who gave me fits by insisting on believing that nonsense, even in the face of the well-known facts that Vertica has shipping product, paying customers, and so on.