Last month, Vertica’s CEO Ralph Breslauer quit,* and Vertica made it sound like there would be a new CEO late in April. And indeed, as of April 29, there was. He’s a guy I’ve never heard of before named Chris Lynch, apparently quite the sales machine builder. The most substance I’ve found is a pair of Mass High Tech articles — the latter exceedingly typo-ridden — to the general effect that:
- Vertica plans to build a massive, world-conquering sales force.
- If Vertica dips back into negative cash flow to do that and has to raise more venture capital, so be it.
- “Triple-digit” revenue growth is expected for this year.
*I’ve since heard more both from Ralph and his former colleagues, and I’m comfortable taking the move more or less at face value — for some reasons he doesn’t want to spell out, Ralph really wanted to move back home to South Africa.
While they were at it, Vertica also put out a press release reporting very good success in the social gaming market. The biggest and best known of the bunch is Zynga. Three months ago, Wayne Eckerson had figures of 3 TB/day added to the database, 200 nodes, and >40 million users. Now Zynga is using a figure of >65 million daily users and 230 nodes. More precisely, at Zynga:
- There are two Vertica databases with identical data.
- Each Zynga Vertica database runs on 115 nodes.
- Zynga’s two Vertica database clusters are used for different applications.
- It’s undisclosed exactly what Zynga runs on what Vertica cluster. But best practice would be to put mission-critical, fast-response stuff on one cluster, and use the other for longer-running or less-critical queries — plus have it be available as hot standby — given that I don’t see much reason to put data geographically close to users around the world for reasons of latency or whatever.
- An undisclosed amount of data, amounting to all of what Wayne earlier estimated at 3 TB, is added to each of Zynga’s Vertica databases daily.
In other news, Vertica now states its customer count as being >130.