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Hewlett-Packard Company : HP Restructures Big Data Analytics with Expanded Vertica Analytics Platform

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11/20/2013 | 12:26am CEST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - HP today announced enhancements to the HP Vertica Analytics Platform, enabling organizations to accelerate business value from a vastly expanded variety of data.

Version 7 of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform, also called HP Vertica Crane, dramatically simplifies the exploration and analysis of semistructured and "dark" data,(1) provides enhanced integration with Hadoop, and offers significant security and performance enhancements.

While organizations recognize the immense potential value in big data, it can be challenging to find patterns in, or explore new forms of, semistructured data such as social media, web logs, sensors and the Internet of Things. These rapidly growing and critically important data types typically require a lengthy process to load into traditional analytics platforms and data warehouses before they can be stored, explored and served, thus remaining "dark" to many organizations.

HP Vertica Crane solves this problem with HP Vertica Flex Zone, an innovative new offering that enables organizations to quickly and easily load, explore, analyze and monetize emerging and rapidly growing forms of semistructured data.

"Everyone is seeking to gain insight from new forms of data, but legacy products waste resources because of the need to wrestle the data into structured formats," said Colin Mahony, vice president and general manager, Vertica, HP. "The new capabilities of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform deliver immediate value and rapidly 'shine a light' on formerly dark data-unlocking the value hidden in both traditional and emerging forms of big data."

HP Vertica Crane offers auto-schematization, which eliminates the need for coding-intensive schemas to be defined or applied before the data is loaded for exploration. It also offers "one-click" schema capabilities that allow for schemas to be created and applied as needed for high-performance analytics. This enables analysts, data scientists and business users to explore and visualize information without burdening, or needing to wait for, their IT organizations to use the lengthy and expensive extraction and transformation tools and processes typical with legacy databases and data warehouses.

The HP Vertica Analytics Platform also supports a variety of industry-standard business intelligence and visualization tools. This open approach allows users to deploy many types of high-performance dashboards to visually explore and draw conclusions from data patterns across a full spectrum of structured and semistructured data.

Enhancements help organizations reduce costs, ease navigation, simply compliance

Data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) offers the potential for extraordinary business insight, yet can be challenging and expensive to explore in traditional database platforms. HP Vertica Crane delivers the industry's most open "SQL-on-Hadoop" capabilities. Unlike other SQL-on-Hadoop solutions, HP Vertica works with major Hadoop distributions, ensuring high-performance analytics across the broadest range of data types and sources.

HP Vertica Crane also supports direct integration with HCatalog, Hadoop's table and storage management layer. This integration enhances customers' ability to navigate data in Hadoop and quickly and easily load that data from into the HP Vertica Analytics Platform for high performance analytics.

HP Vertica Crane also enables organizations to:

  • Extend built-in analytics and leverage existing investments with the new Java software development kit (SDK), adding to the HP Vertica Analytics Platform's existing support for C/C++ and the R statistical language.
  • Meet the most stringent data security and compliance requirements with support for the Kerberos network authentication protocol for all HP Vertica database drivers, including the HDFS connector.
  • Simplify cloud deployments with an updated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that includes Cloud Scripts for agile cluster management of Amazon EC2 deployments.
  • Leverage the MyVertica community for an array of community-, customer- and partner-provided platform features and enhancements.

The HP Vertica Analytics Platform is a key component of the HP HAVEn Big Data analytics platform, which enables HP customers and partners to create next-generation applications and solutions that accelerate the monetization of big data. HP HAVEn combines proven technologies including HP Autonomy IDOL, HP Vertica Analytics Platform, HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager and HP ArcSight Logger, as well as key industry offerings such as Hadoop.

Pricing and availability

HP Vertica Analytics Platform 7 and HP Vertica Flex Zone will be available worldwide in December. Additional information is available at www.vertica.com/crane.

HP Vertica will host a webinar on Dec. 5; registration is available at www.vertica.com/verticacrane.

(1) Gartner defines dark data as the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes (for example, analytics, business relationships and direct monetizing). Similar to dark matter in physics, dark data often comprises most of an organization's universe of information assets. Thus, organizations often retain dark data for compliance purposes only. Storing and securing data typically incurs more expense (and sometimes greater risk) than value.

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This news advisory contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP's businesses; risks associated with executing HP's strategy; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third party suppliers and the distribution of HP's products and services effectively; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP's international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2013 and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012.  HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2013 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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