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Vertica Systems is an analytic database management software company. Vertica was founded in 2005 by database researcher Michael Stonebraker, and Andrew Palmer. Former CEOs include Ralph Breslauer and Christopher P. Lynch.Vertica was acquired by Hewlett Packard on March 22, 2011. The acquisition expanded the HP Software software portfolio for enterprise companies and the public sector. Wikipedia.

Vertica Systems | Date: 2011-06-07

Methods, systems and program products for query optimization using sideways information passing. In one implementation, a join clause in a query is identified that specifies an outer table of tuples to be joined with an inner table, the outer table having one or more attributes, and each of the attributes of the outer table having values stored in an attribute file that is distinct from attribute files in which the values of other attributes are stored. A plan for the query is created which, when executed, causes selection of a subset of tuples of the outer table to serve as input to the join clause in place of the outer table based on one or more predicates applied to the inner table.

Vertica Systems | Date: 2010-06-16

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for operating on time sequences of data. In one aspect, a method includes a database management system storing and updating information in records in a table of a database, the records being associated with respective times that are spaced apart by time intervals, the database management system responding to a query that is phrased to imply a putative record with respect to a time interval that is not among the time intervals with which the records of the table are associated, and the response of the database management system to the query including a computation of a value of an attribute of the putative record from at least one non-null value of the attribute for one of the records of the table, the computation being based on an interpolation policy.

Vertica Systems | Date: 2010-06-16

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a database designer and a database storage designer. In one aspect, a method includes creating a set of candidate projections and progressively narrowing the set of candidate projections and a set of queries by eliminating candidate projections that do not satisfy a performance improvement criterion for remaining queries based on the properties associated with the candidate projections.

News Article | October 9, 2012
Site: gigaom.com

Boston’s new hack/reduce collaborative is looking for big data hackers. The goal of this non-profit organization is to foster a bigger, um, big data community in the Cambridge-Boston nexus. Applications to join are due Oct. 14. “We want to build a community and innovation around big data to make Boston a leader there,” founding executive director Abby Fichtner told me. Hackers with expertise in biotech, medical devices, consumer web, energy, IT, telecommunications, music and art are all welcome to apply. Boston locals see big data as a way to recapture some the high-tech glory that faded after the minicomputer era, as the center of gravity moved to Silicon Valley and Seattle. Now the plan is to capitalize both on experienced veterans left from Boston’s booming minicomputer years and young talent from area colleges to rebuild that high-tech hub in a big data mold. Hack/reduce was founded this summer with some state funding and support from Chris Lynch, former president of Vertica Systems, a local big data company now owned by by HP. The group just moved into a historic building in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Fichtner, formerly startup evangelist for Microsoft’s New England Research & Development (NERD) center, came aboard as the hacker space launched in August.

News Article | June 20, 2013
Site: www.bloomberg.com

As demand for personal computers continues to slump, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is trying to make itself more attractive to businesses. On June 11 the company unveiled HAVEn, a software package that knits together technology from its data analysis units. The move pits HP against IBM (IBM), a leader in mining corporate data. While HP long succeeded with consumer-friendly design and printing features, it now aims to offer corporate clients a more complete package, says Chief Operating Officer Bill Veghte. “Customers want solutions,” Veghte says. “They don’t want simply a piece of hardware or a piece of software.” HAVEn combines tools from recent HP acquisitions Autonomy, Vertica Systems, and ArcSight to help customers sift through vast amounts of data, the company says. The Big Data analytics strategy is Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman’s attempt to avoid an eighth straight quarter of declining sales and wring some value from those deals, made before she took over in 2011. HP spent about $12 billion on the acquisitions, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg. It’s facing a shareholder lawsuit over its $10.3 billion purchase of British software maker Autonomy. In November, HP took an $8.8 billion writedown on the deal, of which it attributed $5 billion to Autonomy’s accounting practices. HP says the company’s financial reports were manipulated. Autonomy denies any wrongdoing. Enterprise Applications Consulting analyst Joshua Greenbaum says, “HP is under a lot of pressure to make a mark in the crowded enterprise analytics market. And Whitman needs to justify a lavish and troubled acquisition history and make good on a multiyear commitment to software that has yet to produce any big wins. The next step would be to find a niche where HP can differentiate, and the one software sector where HP has credibility is in systems management and analytics.” Total revenue from Big Data hardware, software, and services is projected to rise to $23.8 billion in 2016, from $11 billion this year, according to market researcher IDC. IBM, the world’s largest computer services provider—which has seen its earnings stumble amid struggles at its mainframe business—has set a goal of more than $20 billion in revenue from Big Data and analytics by 2020, double the 2010 figure. Other Big Data contenders include Oracle (ORCL), SAP (SAP), Teradata (TDC), and closely held SAS Institute. For HP, which in September disclosed plans to cut 29,000 jobs through fiscal 2014, breaking into the market requires a greater emphasis on software, which currently accounts for less than 4 percent of revenue. The company announced a deal on June 11 to bundle PCs and printers with e-mail, word processing, and calendar software from Google (GOOG), to compensate for its weakness in that area. HP’s PC sales fell 10 percent last year to $35.7 billion, and printing group sales fell 5 percent to $24.5 billion. That’s better than it had done recently, though, as Whitman pointed out in her June 11 keynote address at HP’s customer conference in Las Vegas. “We have stabilized our business,” she said. Still, Wall Street expects to see HP’s sales and profits decline through 2015. The company has been slow to capitalize on consumer and business trends like tablets and cloud computing, for which it’s developing new software. EAC analyst Greenbaum says it has a long way to go before it can compete. “Lining up to be the leading commodity vendor in a rapidly commoditizing market is not a leading position,” says Greenbaum. “This doesn’t allow them to go into a company and have a strategic conversation like IBM or SAP.”

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