April 16, 2010

Story of an analytic DBMS evaluation

One of our readers was kind enough to walk me through his analytic DBMS evaluation process. The story is:

Notes on the Vertica vs. ParAccel selection include:

My contact continues to be interested in all things Greenplum, and has recommended Greenplum Single-Node Edition to his analyst colleagues.

Comments

7 Responses to “Story of an analytic DBMS evaluation”

  1. Todd Fin on April 16th, 2010 11:39 pm

    Interesting, < 1Tb and so much competition

    Where XCo is located? US/Canada or somewhere else
    Vertica was cheaper compared to Netezza?

  2. Curt Monash on April 17th, 2010 12:04 am

    North America.

    Recall that Vertica prices per TB of user data.

  3. Barry Zane on April 19th, 2010 1:56 pm

    Hi Curt, I believe know the customer well. I was in the east coast for another meeting and participated in meeting XCo face to face. They are in an interesting business, but the actual database requirement was discouragingly simple. More important than the size of the data, their performance requirement was way outside of our sweet spot because they only a very small cluster to get the performance they needed. We are much more targeted to more complex customer use cases, where extreme performance of difficult queries on nasty schemas is the customer’s decision point. Otherwise, there are too many players that can address the customer need, and it becomes a discounting game.

  4. davek on April 19th, 2010 2:03 pm

    Barry –

    If the usecase was so “discouragingly simple” why was there a need to send an engineer onsite to do a proof of concept?

  5. Curt Monash on April 19th, 2010 5:43 pm

    Hi Barry,

    Makes sense. This certainly sounded to me like a case of numerous pretty simple queries being executed concurrently. And I’m sure the contract size wasn’t very high, as per my comment above that Netezza Skimmer was out of the acceptable price range.

    But Dave K’s question is also a good one. ;)

    Best,

    CAM

  6. Ajeet Singh on April 23rd, 2010 2:00 am

    And Barry’s hyperlinked name points to http://www.paracell.com. Unintentional, I guess.

    Ajeet

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