The Database Column

There's a new arrival in the blogosphere called The Database Column.

There's an impressive array of contributors lined-up, but so far it seems like an advertising vehicle for Michael Stonebraker's Vertica database. Time will tell whether there is any substance to this blog.

Anyway, the first article there One size fits all discusses the use of column oriented storage as being particularly effective for data warehouse purposes. Stonebraker makes some impressive performance claims for his own product in this respect.

It would be interesting to see how Vertica matches up to Caché and whether column-centric data stores would be a good design pattern for some of our databases. Performance for fetching a single column might be good, but wouldn't it suck if you needed several columns?