July 8, 2009

While I’m venting about benchmarks

Late last year, Vertica made hoo-hah about what it called a world-record data warehouse load speed benchmark.  I wrote at the time that this showed Vertica wasn’t painfully slow at loading, always a concern with column stores. But otherwise I mocked the idea that there was something useful to be learned from the whole exercise.

Well, guess what?  In a throwaway line in a comment on Daniel Abadi’s blog, Barry Zane of ParAccel pointed out

we posted a load rate of almost 9TB/hour, which is, of course record breaking on its own

Quite right.

I hope the nonsense stops there, but I’m not optimistic …


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