Ralph Breslauer CEO, Vertica Systems Vertica Systems CEO Ralph Breslauer was already in the software business when he left South Africa 20 years ago to pursue a career in the U.S. In stints including major roles at Informix, Ardent Software and eRoom (now a part of EMC), Breslauer always tended to evangelize the practical side of technology. He explains,“Despite my computer science degree, I’ve always seen myself as that person between technology and getting great value out of it.” Now, as CEO of a young and growing upstart in the hot columnar database arena, Breslauer says Vertica’s modern architecture is ready to fuel grid-enabled computing and launch a major shift in enterprise data warehousing and business intelligence. Breslauer recently sat down with DM Review editorial director Jim Ericson to fill in the blanks.

DMR: Vertica is relatively new in the analytic database industry. What was the opportunity you sensed in the market?

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