Published January 9, 2023

New Year, New Release: Latest Version of Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse Adds Geospatial and Machine Learning Enhancements, Support for More Operating Systems

v21 Now Production Ready for All Customers

By Dylan Murphy, Director of Product Management at Ocient

Happy new year to our customers and partners!

There is no better way to start 2023 than with the latest release of the Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse (OHDW).

This v21 release packs a punch in three of our core focus areas:

  • Geospatial Data Analytics – Enabling customers to ingest and analyze complex geospatial data sets at a scale and speed previously infeasible.
  • Secondary Indexing – Enhancing performance on complex data sets by offering a suite of secondary indexes to access and retrieve data faster than other data warehouses.
  • Machine Learning (ML) Data Models – Growing our list of supported models to ensure large teams of data scientists can query source data efficiently and directly from the Ocient database.

In addition to the above, the v21 release includes multiple feature enhancements and extended operating system (OS) support.

Without further ado, let’s dive into v21 of the Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse!

17 New Geospatial Functions — This release includes 17 new geospatial functions, adding to our industry leading collection of 100+ functions, each of which are optimized for high accuracy location-based analytics and the unlocking of new solutions and workloads for customers. With the addition of these 17 new functions, Ocient now supports a library of more than 120 native geospatial functions, which is by far the most in the industry.

As the creation and capture of geospatial data continues to increase rapidly, the ability to leverage geospatial data types for important business decisions has never been greater. Thanks to Ocient’s ability to process greater volumes and higher complexities of spatiotemporal data, customers can analyze their full geospatial data sets at higher resolutions than before and integrate larger volumes of historical data for more accurate forecasting and modeling.

We are continuing to build out a robust geospatial data analysis engine with many exciting product updates coming in 2023. In the meantime, you can learn more about geospatial analytics in the video below.

Optimized Search Indexing — Indexing is a key focus and differentiating feature of the Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse (OHDW) that allows customers to search larger sets of data, faster and for less cost than our competitors. While most cloud data warehouses have chosen not to prioritize comprehensive indexing, at hyperscale, the performance enhancements they deliver are unequivocal. Read more about the performance enhancements Ocient delivers via secondary indexing in Enterprise Strategy Group’s technical review of the Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse. You can learn more about indexing within Ocient in the video below.

New Machine Learning (ML) Models — Machine learning is a first-class citizen at Ocient and our latest models in this release enhance our in-database ML capabilities on hyperscale datasets. With in-database Machine Learning, users can build and train models directly at the source, without exporting anything. This ensures:

  • Users can leverage all of their data at once – both up-to-the-second records as well as larger volumes of historical data
  • Data scientists can spend more time modeling and less time on data preparation, movement, and engineering
  • Customers can streamline their solutions by plugging directly into Ocient versus needing to configure additional third-party tools

We are continuing to build out our machine learning capabilities. Stay tuned for more to come in the months ahead.

Extended OS Support — Including Ubuntu, Debian, and RHEL — At Ocient we are always thinking about different environments, and we aim to be as flexible across deployments and operating systems as possible. With that in mind, the OHDW now supports the following operating systems

  • Ubuntu® 20.04
  • Debian 11
  • RHEL 8

Additional highlights we are proud to share!

  • Enhanced System Management: This release adds a process for graceful node shutdown and includes the ability to rebalance a system.
  • Easier User Access Control: Browserless SSO for more secure and easier user access control for administrators.
  • Workload Management Dynamic Priority: We have enabled the adjustment of the query priority dynamically at the session, service class, and query levels.

As you are aware, building a next-generation data warehouse product is no easy feat. We appreciate all the challenging work, improvements, testing, and bug fixes that went into the production release of version 21 and all the customer feedback that ensures we make the best hyperscale data analytics engine in the market!

If you would like to see more under the hood of the OHDW v21 release, please do not hesitate to get in touch.