Do you find yourself running low on disk space on your Vertica database? You could delete older data, but that sacrifices your ability to perform historical queries. You could add new nodes to your cluster or add storage to your existing nodes. However, these options require additional expense.
The Vertica Storage Locations for HDFS feature introduced in Vertica Version 7.1 offers you a new solution: storing data on an Apache Hadoop cluster. You can use this feature to store data in a Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) while still being able to query it through Vertica.