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How Actian Vector Helps You Eliminate OLAP Cubes
  • April 16, 2018

How Actian Vector Helps You Eliminate OLAP Cubes

OLAP (OnLine Analytical Processing) Cubes are used extensively today, because it is impossible for many database platforms to analyze large volumes of data quickly. This is because most database software does not fully leverage computing power and memory to deliver optimal performance. Some of the symptoms of this are: Large queries end up hogging…

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Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery
  • March 29, 2018

Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery

Most production Ingres (now called Actian X) installations have a need for some degree of disaster recovery (DR).  Options range from shipping nightly database checkpoints to off-site storage locations to near real-time replication to a dedicated off-site DR site.    Ingres, Actian's enterprise hybrid database, ships with built in checkpoint and journal shipping features which…

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Automatically Synchronize Your OLTP And OLAP Tables In Actian X (Ingres 11)
  • February 9, 2018

Automatically Synchronize Your OLTP and OLAP Tables in Actian X (Ingres 11)

A key feature of the latest update to our hybrid database Actian X (Ingres 11) is the inclusion of the x100 analytics engine and support for x100 tables. Adding a world class analytics engine to Actian X’s enterprise OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) capability enables a new class of applications that can mix OLTP and analytic…

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Python And Btrieve 2 On Windows: Accessing Actian Zen Data With No SQL
  • February 2, 2018

Python and Btrieve 2 on Windows: Accessing Actian Zen Data With No SQL

In my previous blog ("Programming the Easy Way: Accessing a PSQL Zen Database with Python and ODBC"), I showed how to easily access an Actian Zen database with Python and ODBC.  My next project was to use the new Btrieve 2 feature with Python to directly interface with the data files without using any…

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Simplifying Development With OpenROAD JSON-RPC
  • January 17, 2018

Simplifying Development with OpenROAD JSON-RPC

With the release of the new patches at the end of December for version 6.2, Actian OpenROAD (our rapid application development and flexible deployment solution) is providing a new functionality in the form of JSON support and JSON-RPC support for OpenROAD Server. Those familiar with OpenROAD would know that an application server was available from version…

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Integrating Python With Vector Or Actian X
  • January 12, 2018

Integrating Python with Vector or Actian X

Introduction Today we're going to look at how to get started with Actian Vector, our high-performance in-memory analytics database, and Python, one of the most oft-used languages by data scientists in recent times. Using the techniques below, you'll be able to get started with Python using Vector ODBC and JDBC. (You'll be able to use…

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Connecting To Actian X (Ingres) With PHP And NGINX
  • December 12, 2017

Connecting to Actian X (Ingres) with PHP and NGINX

Not long ago I spoke at the Actian Hybrid Data Conference in London about connecting Actian X (Ingres), Actian's combination of industry-leading transactional and high-speed analytic databases, to the Web. Here we present how to use a very popular web server (reverse proxy, load balancing, etc...) on Linux, NGINX, to do just that. Here's how…

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Reusable Templates And Macros For Actian’s Hybrid Integration Manager
  • November 3, 2017

Reusable templates and macros for Actian’s Hybrid Integration Manager

It's a pretty exciting time to be a User Experience Designer here at Actian! We are working on some great new features for Hybrid Integration Manager and I wanted to share with you two features that really promote reusability. Reusability is a reoccurring theme that we have heard from you, our customers, that we…

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Performance Testing Production Workloads For Ingres And Vector
  • September 26, 2017

Performance testing production workloads for Ingres and Vector

One of the main concerns of Ingres and Vector customers whose systems need to undergo a significant change, such as major version upgrades, OS migration, major software releases, increased volumes of usage, etc, is how to properly test the database under realistic conditions in a test environment. Some customers have heard of the Query,…

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Hadoop Short Circuit Reads And Database Performance
  • August 2, 2016

Hadoop Short Circuit Reads and Database Performance

If you've been working with Hadoop then you've likely come across the concept of Short Circuit Reads (SCRs) and how they can aid performance. These days they are mostly enabled by default (although not in "vanilla" Apache or close derivatives like Amazon EMR). Actian VectorH brings high performance SQL, ACID compliance, and enterprise security…

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Efficient ETL In An Analytical Database?
  • June 27, 2016

Efficient ETL in an Analytical Database?

Recently I worked on a POC that required some non-standard thinking. The challenge was that the customer's use case did not only need high performance SQL analytics but also a healthy amount of ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load). More specifically, the requirement was for ELT (or even ETLT if we want to absolutely precise).…

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