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Actian Vector Cloud Analytic Database for Big Data Analytics in the Cloud

High-performance vectorized columnar analytic database on your choice of cloud



Double-digit performance advantages over Amazon Redshift, MS SQL Server, Snowflake and Cloudera Impala



Industry-standard ANSI SQL:2003 support plus integration for extensive set of data formats

Enterprise Grade


Updates, security, management, replication

Actian Vector in the Cloud

Actian Vector, a columnar in-memory relational database engine designed for high performance analytics, is available on both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure using the bring-your-own-license (BYOL) model, for both single-node and cluster configurations.  The Actian Vector Enterprise Edition is available on both the AWS Marketplace and the Microsoft Azure Marketplace on pay-as-you-go subscription pricing plans, with hourly and annual options.

To try out Actian Vector, you can use 1-click deployment to start an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in the AWS Marketplace on a 30-day free trial for the software.  You can also use the free Community Edition on either the AWS Marketplace and the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Deployment Models: Vector Enterprise Edition VectorH Enterprise Edition Vector Evaluation Edition Vector Community Edition
On-Premises License        
BYOL for Amazon AWS        
BYOL for Microsoft Azure        
AMI for AWS Marketplace      
Microsoft Azure Marketplace    

Dominating Performance

Vector performance advantages extend to cloud-based configurations as well, based on testing recently done by MCG, an independent global services firm specialized in information strategy and implementation services.  Vector’s performance advantage over Amazon Redshift, MS SQL Server, Snowflake, and Cloudera Impala increases as database size, query complexity, and user concurrency increases.  MCG used the Berkeley AMPLab Big Data benchmark, originally created to measure Impala against other big data query engines and extended to increase the database size for real-world scale.

Snowflake Benchmark Report

More than 20X Faster than Snowflake

Against Snowflake, MCG showed that Actian Vector is on average 6-12 times faster on a sixteen-node AWS configuration at 1-, 5-, and 10TBs, and up to 20 times on join queries.  With 20 users, Vector demonstrated significantly faster times than Snowflake, even beating Snowflake by 17X with its multi-cluster autoscaling feature turned on (at 8X the cost) to accommodate the additional users.

Redshift Benchmark Report

Up to 14X Faster than Amazon Redshift

Vector is consistently 2-3 times faster than Redshift on a 5-node cluster, scaling from 1- to 5- to 10TBs of data.  That advantage for Vector increases with the capacity and complexity of the scan, aggregation and join workload, to nearly 14 times on the 10TB join query with 20 concurrent users.

Microsoft Benchmark Cover

Almost 10X Faster than MS SQL Server

MCG showed that Actian Vector is 3-6 times faster than Microsoft SQL server on a single-node AWS configuration at 500GBs, 750GBs, and 1TB.  On concurrency testing with 20 users, Vector scaled up to nearly 10 times faster than Microsoft, which couldn’t even complete some of the tests at 1TB capacity.


Over 100X Faster than Cloudera Impala

MCG benchmarks show Actian Vector nearly 40 times faster on average than Cloudera Impala on a 16-node AWS cluster with 1, 5, and 10TBs. Impala failed to complete the largest join query at the 10TB capacity for a single user, and most of the tests for 20 users.


Data-driven organizations rely on analytic databases to load, store, and analyze volumes of data at high speed to derive timely insights. This benchmark addresses some fundamental business questions that any organization might encounter and ask. Actian Vector, through this industry standard set of scan, join and aggregation queries, demonstrated a significant performance advantage over Amazon Redshift and Microsoft SQL Server. These objective results were driven by the patented Actian X100 vectorized query engine which exploits the parallelism capabilities of modern server hardware.

– William McKnight, President, MCG Global Services