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Pivotal Greenplum Building Blocks

An engineered system for modern analytics, built on Dell EMC hardware.

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  • Overview
  • Business Benefits
  • Key Features
  • Greenplum Building Blocks types
  • Common scenarios

Overview

Achieve your analytics objectives with Greenplum Building Blocks

The most performant way to run Pivotal Greenplum on-premises is with Greenplum Building Blocks (GBB), an engineered system optimized for advanced analytics workloads. Reduce risk and cost with open-source technologies and general-purpose hardware for your analytics strategy. Make the move to Pivotal Greenplum and Greenplum Building Blocks.

Based on open-source PostgreSQL®, Pivotal Greenplum provides powerful, rapid analytics at petabyte scale. It solves the problem of performance, reliability, and scale for analytical workloads.

With improved transaction processing capability and support for streaming ingest, Greenplum addresses workloads across analytic and operational contexts, from traditional business intelligence to deep learning.

The Greenplum Building Blocks system ships with Pivotal Greenplum, Apache MADlib for machine learning, pgcrypto for at-rest compression, and standard Greenplum modules (see the Greenplum documentation for details).

Greenplum Building Blocks delivers everything you need to unleash the power of massively parallel analytics.


Business Benefits

Pivotal Greenplum

Open-source, massively parallel data platform (MPP) for advanced analytics

Reduce data silos. Consolidate more analytics workloads in a single environment, from BI to AI.
Harness open-source innovation. Integrated components from PostgreSQL and other communities make it easy to turn innovation into business outcomes.
Accelerate data science initiatives. Streamline data science operations and simplify workflows.

Greenplum Building Blocks

Flexible hardware components for next-generation analytics and AI

Enjoy high productivity with lightning-fast performance. The most powerful hardware configuration for your BI and analytics workloads.
Simple to set up, easy to scale. Choose any cluster size for your deployment. Easily scale compute and storage as your needs evolve.
Realize a superior total cost of ownership. Retire expensive, proprietary appliances in favor of general-purpose hardware.

Key features

Pivotal Greenplum

Data professionals can meet the challenges of modern analytics with Pivotal Greenplum, an open-source, shared-nothing, MPP data platform.

  • Supports a wide range of analytics use cases from BI to AI
  • Massively parallel, highly concurrent architecture
  • Based on open-source PostgreSQL
  • Integration with Apache Kafka® handles streaming data with ease
  • High availability, intelligent fault detection, and fast online differential recovery
  • Industry-leading performance

Greenplum Building Blocks

Take advantage of general-purpose hardware components from Dell EMC when deploying Pivotal Greenplum on premises. Augment capabilities with specialized storage add-ons.

  • Modular for a variety of use cases
  • Flexible storage options
  • Maximum performance, contained costs
  • Simplified cluster architecture
  • Multi-cloud deployment options
  • Deployment in Pivotal Container Service® (PKS)
  • Certified and supported by Pivotal

Greenplum Building Blocks types

Simple blocks deliver sustained performance for next-generation analytics and AI. Assemble blocks to fit enterprise scale workloads from small to huge. Achieve high-availability goals with a single block.

Price/Performance

The Balanced Block

The starting block designed for most Greenplum workloads. It offers an engineered balance across CPU, memory, disk, and network resources.

  • CPU: 96 Cores
  • RAM: 1.5 TB
  • Primary: 38.4 TB
  • Mirror: 38.4 TB
  • Temp: 12.8 TB
Compute/RAM X 2

The Fast Block

Twice the CPU and RAM of the Balanced Block for highly concurrent and/or high CPU workloads.


  • CPU: 192 Cores
  • RAM: 3.0 TB
  • Primary: 38.4 TB
  • Mirror: 38.4 TB
  • Temp: 12.8 TB
Dense Block

The Dense Block

Twice the internal disk capacity of the Balanced Block for customers with larger disk capacity requirements.


  • CPU: 96 Cores
  • RAM: 1.5 TB
  • Primary 76.8 TB
  • Mirror 76.8 TB
  • Temp: 12.8 TB
External Storage

The Storage Block

Extend your Greenplum deployment with optional add-on Storage Blocks. Scale storage separate from compute, in 144 TB increments.

  • Cache: 15 TB
  • Usable: 144 TB
  • GP Managed or External Storage

Common Scenarios

Modernize your DCA

Ready to upgrade from EMC’s Data Computing Appliance? We recommend 1 GBB Balanced Block for every DCA 1/4 Rack.

Transform your data lake or Hadoop deployment

Move on from your legacy data lake. For every 250 TB of data lake storage, we leverage 1 GBB Dense Block and 2 Greenplum Storage Blocks.

Netezza upgrade

Planning for IBM® Netezza® end-of-life? Then you’ll want 4 GBB Performance Blocks for every full rack. Learn more about migrating to Greenplum.

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