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Presto vs Vertica: What are the differences?

What is Presto? Distributed SQL Query Engine for Big Data. Presto is an open source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytic queries against data sources of all sizes ranging from gigabytes to petabytes.

What is Vertica? Engineering experiences that amaze. Vertica provides a best-in-class, unified analytics platform that will forever be independent from underlying infrastructure.

Presto and Vertica are primarily classified as "Big Data" and "Databases" tools respectively.

Presto is an open source tool with 9.43K GitHub stars and 3.2K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Presto's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Presto has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 65 developers stacks; compared to Vertica, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

Decisions about Presto and Vertica
Ashish Singh
Tech Lead, Big Data Platform at Pinterest · | 37 upvotes · 1.1M views

To provide employees with the critical need of interactive querying, we’ve worked with Presto, an open-source distributed SQL query engine, over the years. Operating Presto at Pinterest’s scale has involved resolving quite a few challenges like, supporting deeply nested and huge thrift schemas, slow/ bad worker detection and remediation, auto-scaling cluster, graceful cluster shutdown and impersonation support for ldap authenticator.

Our infrastructure is built on top of Amazon EC2 and we leverage Amazon S3 for storing our data. This separates compute and storage layers, and allows multiple compute clusters to share the S3 data.

We have hundreds of petabytes of data and tens of thousands of Apache Hive tables. Our Presto clusters are comprised of a fleet of 450 r4.8xl EC2 instances. Presto clusters together have over 100 TBs of memory and 14K vcpu cores. Within Pinterest, we have close to more than 1,000 monthly active users (out of total 1,600+ Pinterest employees) using Presto, who run about 400K queries on these clusters per month.

Each query submitted to Presto cluster is logged to a Kafka topic via Singer. Singer is a logging agent built at Pinterest and we talked about it in a previous post. Each query is logged when it is submitted and when it finishes. When a Presto cluster crashes, we will have query submitted events without corresponding query finished events. These events enable us to capture the effect of cluster crashes over time.

Each Presto cluster at Pinterest has workers on a mix of dedicated AWS EC2 instances and Kubernetes pods. Kubernetes platform provides us with the capability to add and remove workers from a Presto cluster very quickly. The best-case latency on bringing up a new worker on Kubernetes is less than a minute. However, when the Kubernetes cluster itself is out of resources and needs to scale up, it can take up to ten minutes. Some other advantages of deploying on Kubernetes platform is that our Presto deployment becomes agnostic of cloud vendor, instance types, OS, etc.

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Karthik Raveendran
CPO at Attinad Software · | 3 upvotes · 154.4K views

The platform deals with time series data from sensors aggregated against things( event data that originates at periodic intervals). We use Cassandra as our distributed database to store time series data. Aggregated data insights from Cassandra is delivered as web API for consumption from other applications. Presto as a distributed sql querying engine, can provide a faster execution time provided the queries are tuned for proper distribution across the cluster. Another objective that we had was to combine Cassandra table data with other business data from RDBMS or other big data systems where presto through its connector architecture would have opened up a whole lot of options for us.

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Pros of Presto
Pros of Vertica
  • 18
    Works directly on files in s3 (no ETL)
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    Join multiple databases
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  • 7
    Gets ready in minutes
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    Shared nothing or shared everything architecture
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    Offers users the freedom to choose deployment mode
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    Flexible architecture suits nearly any project
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    End-to-End ML Workflow Support
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    All You Need for IoT, Clickstream or Geospatial
  • 1
    Freedom from Underlying Storage
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    Pre-Aggregation for Cubes (LAPS)
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    Automatic Data Marts (Flatten Tables)
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    Near-Real-Time Analytics in pure Column Store
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    Fully automated Database Designer tool
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    Query-Optimized Storage
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    Vertica is the only product which offers partition prun
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    Partition pruning and predicate push down on Parquet

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What is Presto?

Distributed SQL Query Engine for Big Data

What is Vertica?

It provides a best-in-class, unified analytics platform that will forever be independent from underlying infrastructure.

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What are some alternatives to Presto and Vertica?
Apache Spark
Spark is a fast and general processing engine compatible with Hadoop data. It can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.
A state-of-the-art platform for statistical modeling and high-performance statistical computation. Used for statistical modeling, data analysis, and prediction in the social, biological, and physical sciences, engineering, and business.
Apache Impala
Impala is a modern, open source, MPP SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop. Impala is shipped by Cloudera, MapR, and Amazon. With Impala, you can query data, whether stored in HDFS or Apache HBase – including SELECT, JOIN, and aggregate functions – in real time.
Snowflake eliminates the administration and management demands of traditional data warehouses and big data platforms. Snowflake is a true data warehouse as a service running on Amazon Web Services (AWS)—no infrastructure to manage and no knobs to turn.
Apache Drill
Apache Drill is a distributed MPP query layer that supports SQL and alternative query languages against NoSQL and Hadoop data storage systems. It was inspired in part by Google's Dremel.
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