Licensing and Edition Changes


Although officially rolled out earlier this year, HPE has posted a guide to the updated licensing model for Vertica which includes a new express edition.

A less-feature based version (“Express Edition”) now can be licensed which removes functionality such as Pulse, Place, Live Aggregate Projections, Cascading Resource Pools, Fault Groups and Elastic Cluster. The community edition remains untouched and will feature the removed functionality from the “Express Edition.” The table below explains what previous core functionality will only be available in the “Premium Edition” (previously known as just Enterprise Edition). Legacy enterprise licenses remain unchanged.

Release 7.2.0 Vertica License Scheme

Read more in the post or in the documentation.

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Norbert Krupa

Norbert is the founder of and a Solutions Engineer at Talend. He is an HP Accredited Solutions Expert for Vertica Big Data Solutions. He has written the Vertica Diagnostic Queries which aim to cover monitoring, diagnostics and performance tuning. The views, opinions, and thoughts expressed here do not represent those of the user's employer.


  1. Sharon Cutter November 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM -  Reply

    Is that accurate that the ORC Reader is only available in the SQL on Hadoop version? The documentation talks about *if* the vertica node is co-located with the data node, but I haven’t seen anything that states that Vertica must be running within a hadoop environment.

    • Norbert Krupa November 13, 2015 at 3:37 PM -  Reply

      The way I read the documentation is only SOH (SQL on Hadoop) has the ORC reader; otherwise one would use the HCatalog connector. The SOH does sit on the actual Hadoop nodes.

      • Sharon Cutter November 13, 2015 at 3:44 PM -  Reply

        Thanks. Looking at that chart again, I find it curious that if getting ORC Reader support was important to a customer, that they would need to give up sooo many of the Enterprise Edition features. It’s a huge trade-off.

        • Norbert Krupa November 13, 2015 at 3:56 PM -  Reply

          It’s more curious that there’s no Parquet reader (beside HCatalog connector). It feels like the ORC reader just came as a result of the $50M investment in Hortonworks. I know a lot of organizations would benefit from a Parquet reader (and not only be left with possibly migrating to ORC).

  2. Sharon Cutter November 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM -  Reply

    Good point earlier about using the HCatalog connector for ORC file access.

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