Before You Begin

Before you get started with Vertica, you need to consider your specific business needs, your available resources, and product requirements.

Consider Your Business Needs

Before you get started with Vertica, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my total raw data volume?
  • Do I expect this data volume to grow in the future?
  • How will I manage workloads with regards to concurrency, runtime priority, and resource pools?
  • How many people will connect to my database at any given time?
  • How many queries will I run?

Once you have a good understanding of these considerations, you are ready to prepare your system for Vertica installation.

Platform Recommendations

Browse the following tabs for recommendations regarding platform configuration. To verify that your server, browser, driver, and various plug-ins meet the platform requirements, read our our Supported Platforms documentation. For more information about recommendations, see Platform Requirements and Recommendations.

Node Configuration

We recommend using a homogeneous hardware configuration for your Vertica cluster; that is, each node of the cluster should be similar in CPU, clock speed, number of cores, memory, and operating system version.

Network Configuration

How you configure your network depends on your installation scenario. A single node installation requires little network configuration, since the single instance of the Vertica server does not need to communicate with other nodes in a cluster. For cluster and cloud install scenarios, you must make several decisions regarding your configuration. For more information, see Configuring the Network in the Vertica documentation.

Operating System Configuration

Before you configure the operating system, read Operating System Configuration Task Overview.

Learn More

For more in-depth information about pre-installation considerations, see the Vertica documentation.