[DB Seminar] Fall 2019 DB Group: Stephen Walkauskas (Vertica)

Event Date: Monday September 23, 2019
Event Time: 04:30pm EDT
Location: GHC 8102
Speaker: Stephen Walkauskas

Title: Bringing The Vertica Columnar Database To The Cloud

You wouldn’t run your application on the cloud because it is the cool thing to do. You’d run it there because it makes sense to do so. In this talk you’ll hear why some of our customers have moved to the cloud while others have not.¬†You’ll also learn how we overhauled Vertica’s architecture to become one of the few analytics databases to take advantage of cloud economics. Things like separation of storage and compute, elasticity, fast node replacement, and more. These aren’t necessarily cloud-only features. We’ll talk about Vertica’s unique positioning as the only hybrid cloud solution, a position that we’re continuously improving by¬†converging our on-premise and cloud architectures.

Stephen Walkauskas is the Director of Engineering at Vertica. He joined Vertica in its very early stages. In 2013 he started a Pittsburgh office and assembled a team that works on storage optimizations, integration of storage systems (including cloud storage and HDFS), backup and restore, and recovery. Prior to joining Vertica he was one of the very first developers at Endeca which was eventually acquired by Oracle. Stephen holds a B.S. in Physics from Boston College. He enjoyed the computational side of his physics work and chose a career in software engineering. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA.