Mozilla Deploys Vertica and Pentaho for Large-Scale Analytics

Business Intelligence Deployed for one of the World's Largest Open-source Software Development Projects

July 28, 2008, Orlando, FL —

Pentaho, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), and high-performance analytic database providers Vertica Systems, today announced that Mozilla Corporation deployed Pentaho Open BI Suite and Vertica Analytic Database to integrate and analyze large volumes of log file information in a data warehouse and business intelligence system.

Mozilla needed to integrate different log sources to better serve its growing user base. As Mozilla outgrew their homegrown log analysis scripts, the company was looking for a more scalable solution. To improve performance and simplify maintenance, Mozilla deployed Pentaho Data Integration for extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities and the grid-based, column-oriented Vertica Analytic Database for fast, complex data analysis across the enterprise. Pentaho Data Integration provides an easy to use ETL front end for administrators to define and maintain data integration jobs as well as a powerful metadata-driven integration engine capable of addressing large integration jobs. Using the Vertica database enables Mozilla to store more information and have more people query it faster and in more ways.

Pentaho Open BI Suite is a commercial open source project and has a thriving community of users and open source developers. Mozilla has interacted with this community, contributing improvements to the platform, and utilizing community-driven initiatives such as the Community Dashboard Framework and the Community Build Framework. This enabled Mozilla to quickly deploy a complex and dynamic BI solution with advanced features and a cutting edge user interface.

"Pentaho and Vertica offer a great mix of leading edge technologies and commercial support," said Justin Fitzhugh, senior director of engineering operations for Mozilla. "This provides a solid platform for Mozilla's business intelligence system."

Pentaho was selected for its open technology framework, solution breadth, integration with Vertica Analytic Database, and Pentaho's proven ability to scale to address large data and user volumes. The Vertica Analytic Database was chosen because its shared-nothing, column-oriented architecture enables companies to analyze many terabytes of data 50x-200x faster than other solutions, while running on low-cost, highly scalable "green grids" of industry-standard hardware. Using the Vertica Analytic Database gives more people the freedom to analyze more data in more ways, faster, so they can out-innovate the competition. Pentaho Open BI Suite and Vertica Analytic Database are deployed on a Hewlett-Packard DL460 BladeSystem running Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Tomcat application server.

"Speed of complex data analysis and querying across a broad spectrum of business users is paramount to global enterprises such as Mozilla," said Vertica CEO Ralph Breslauer. "The speed and simplicity of the Vertica Analytic Database makes it the perfect fit for companies committed to increasing data-driven decision making at all levels of the business."

"There is no question that Pentaho is fast becoming the open source BI solution of choice for large-scale deployments," said Pentaho CEO Richard Daley. "Only Pentaho melds the flexibility and cost benefits of commercial open source BI with the scalability and breadth required to drive business decisions from these large volumes of valuable information."

About Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company

Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company with an enterprise-class, open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. Pentaho’s unified data integration and analytics platform is comprehensive, completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, EMC, Landmark Halliburton, Moody's, NASDAQ, RichRelevance, and Staples. For more information visit