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Release 7.2.0 Changes for the HPE Vertica License Scheme

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has updated its licensing scheme for HPE Vertica. This document describes the changes as of Vertica Release 7.2.0. Beginning with Vertica Release 7.2, the new Premium Edition license replaces the Vertica Enterprise Edition license, and includes additional features that Enterprise did not include.


HPE has also introduced a new license that includes fewer features than Premium. The Vertica Express Edition license supports a subset of Premium Edition features.


The Flex Zone license is no longer available or required. All new and existing license types include flex table capabilities.


Vertica for SQL on Hadoop continues to be a separate license.

 

Available Licenses

The following licenses are available as of Release 7.2.0:

  • Community Edition
  • Premium Edition
  • Express Edition
  • SQL on Hadoop

Community Edition is Virtually Unchanged

The Community Edition license continues to offer all Vertica functionality within a 3 node and 1 terabyte data limit.

 

Premium Edition Replaces Both Enterprise Edition and Flex Zone Licenses

The new Premium Edition license replaces the Enterprise Edition license.


The legacy Enterprise Edition allowed you to store up to 1 TB of flex table data. When you exceeded the 1 TB limit, you had to purchase a Flex Zone license for more capacity. The new Premium Edition does not include a flex table data limit; you can add flex table data up to your general license limit. Flex data counts as 1/10th the cost of regular data towards your license limits.


Premium Edition licenses are perpetual or term (time-based), and entitle customers to:

  • No node limit
  • Raw data size limit specified by license
  • Query data stored in HDFS using the HCatalog Connector or HDFS Connector, and backed up to HDFS

Vertica Express Edition is New

The Vertica Express Edition includes a subset of Premium Edition features. For example, it includes all the basic features such as Workload Management, but does not include more advanced features like Live Aggregate Projections. See the table below for details.

 

SQL on Hadoop

The Vertica for SQL on Hadoop license allows you to perform SQL queries on Hadoop data. The license includes a subset of Premium Edition features. See the table below for details.

 

Licensing Terms

Vertica licenses continue to offer flexible licensing terms.

  • Premium and Express Edition licenses offer one and three year terms, or can be perpetual based upon raw data size.
  • SQL on Hadoop licenses offer a one year term or perpetual license, either of which is based upon the number of nodes.
  • Community Edition is a perpetual license, but limits users to a 3 node cluster and up to 1TB of raw data.

The document, Additional License Authorizations (ALA) governs licensing terms and includes disclaimers. If you find a difference between the information presented in this post and the ALA, the ALA governs. To find the current ALA:

  1. Go to Additional License Authorizations for HPE Software products.
  2. Open the PDF, Additional License Authorizations. (Sign-in to access the PDF.)
  3. Search for the Vertica subsection under “Big Data software products.”
  4. Click on the middle column in the Vertica table.
  5. Open the ALA PDF that appears on the page.

 

Comparison of License Features (Premium, Express, Hadoop)

The following table compares the individual license features. For additional information, refer to the ALA.

 

Features

 

Premium Edition

 

Express Edition

SQL on Hadoop

Vertica Pulse

Yes

No

No

Geospatial Analytics 

Yes

No

No

Routable Query (Key Value) interface

Yes

Yes

Yes

Live Aggregate Projections

Yes

No

No

Time Series Analytics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Machine Data Log Text Search

Yes

No

No

Workload Management/Analyzer

Yes

No

Yes

Advanced Workload Management (Cascading Resource Pools)

Yes

No

No

Database Designer

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Management Console

Yes

Yes

Yes

Backup and Restore

Yes

Yes

No

Flex Tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

External Tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Primary File System for Storage   

EXT4

EXT4

HDFS, MapR NFS

Hadoop Technologies (Hcat, HDFS, Map Reduce Conn)

Yes

Yes

Yes

ORC Reader
Parquet Reader

Data stored in external tables counts against license capacity when using COPY for data loading, or READ operations.

Data stored in external tables counts against license capacity when using COPY for data loading, or READ operations.

COPY for data loading, and READ operations

Hadoop Distribution Compatibility

Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR

Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR

Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR

User-Defined Extensions in Java

Yes

Yes

Yes

User-Defined Extensions in C++

Yes

Yes

No

User-Defined Extensions in R

Yes

No

No

Fault Groups

Yes

No

  Yes

Elastic Cluster

Yes

Yes

No

Advanced SQL Functions
     Analytical Functions
     Patterns Matching Functions
     Time Series Functions

Yes

No

No

ROLAP SQL Functions
     ROLLUP Aggregate
     GROUPING SETS Aggregate
     CUBE Aggregate
     Pivot

Yes

No

No

Predictive Analytics Functions
     Data Preparation Functions
     Predictive and Machine Learning Functions
     Evaluation Functions

Yes

No

No

 

If you are using a Legacy License

Your Enterprise Edition license is still valid when you upgrade to Vertica Release 7.2.0.When you want to change your Enterprise license (e.g., add capacity), or when you renew your support contract, you need to upgrade to the new Premium Edition license. You can also request a migration from Enterprise to Premium Edition at any time.


You can continue to use your legacy Flex Zone license. As with your Enterprise Edition license, you must upgrade to Premium Edition if you need more capacity, want to change your license term, or renew your support contract.

 

Change Related to Licensing as of Release 7.1.2

Beginning with Release 7.1 SP2, Vertica stopped counting delimiters when auditing the effective size of a database. For information about audit changes, refer to the blog, Why Do My License Audits Show A Significant Size Reduction? This auditing change is a benefit as delimiters no longer count as a cost towards your license limits.

 

 

 

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