The press release announcing Vertica’s Community Edition is a bit vague. And indeed, much of what I know about Vertica Community Edition is along the lines of “This is what I think will happen, but of course it could still change.” That said, I believe:
- Vertica Community Edition has all of regular Vertica’s features. However …
- … HP Vertica reserves the right to open a feature gap in future releases.
- The license restriction on Vertica Community Edition is that you’re limited to 1 terabyte of data, and 3 nodes. I imagine that’s for one production copy, and you’re perfectly free to also set up mirrors for test, development, disaster recovery, and so on. However …
- … HP Vertica would be annoyed if you stuck a free copy of Vertica on each of 50 nodes and managed the whole thing via, say, Hadapt.
- HP Vertica plans to be very generous with true academic researchers, suspending or waiving limits on database size and node count. Not coincidentally, Vertica Community Edition is being announced at XLDB, where Vertica is also a top-level sponsor. (I introduced Vertica and XLDB’s Jacek Becla to each other as soon as I heard about Vertica’s Community Edition plans.)
- The only support available for Vertica Community Edition is through forums. This could change.
I’m a big supporter of the Vertica Community Edition idea, for four reasons:
- It should now be easier to download and evaluate Vertica.
- Vertica Community Edition could be a big help to academic researchers.
- Vertica could now be more appealing to some of the “Omigod, we’re outgrowing Oracle Standard Edition and we don’t want to pay up for Oracle Enterprise Edition/Exadata” crowd.
- People are under the impression that what Vertica actually charges today resembles its long-ago list prices. This announcement may help puncture Vertica’s outdated pricing image.