One to watch – Aster Data

Aster Data Systems Unveils the First–Ever Massively Parallel Data Warehousing Appliance Starting at $50,000

Aster Data Systems, a provider in high-performance database systems for data warehousing and analytics, recently unveiled the first–ever massively parallel (MPP) data warehousing appliance starting at $50,000, fundamentally changing the economics of data warehousing by providing the industry’s most ‘compute rich’ appliance on a lower–cost architecture that is also cheaper to administer and operate.

The big data trend is growing. The majority of data warehouses still remain under 1TB, but companies are realizing they need a viable database platform to scale and provide high–speed analysis to meet their needs. Massively parallel (MPP) data warehouses are known for providing the most scalability, best analytic performance, highest availability and most flexibility in a data warehousing architecture. But to date, many organizations have not been able to afford high–end MPP data warehouses or appliances as they are cost prohibitive.

Aimed at organizations that want a powerful, easily scalable MPP data warehouse appliance, the new Aster MapReduce Data Warehouse Appliance – Express Edition pre–packages the high–performance Aster nCluster analytic database software on Dell hardware, along with an option to include MicroStrategy’s powerful business intelligence (BI) software for up to one terabyte of user data.  Even for smaller data warehouses up to 1 TB, customers will see significant improvement in analysis speeds by leveraging a MPP architecture. As a result, business analysts within organizations or departments who need the power and scalability of a MPP system now have a way to start small and grow incrementally without huge up-front costs.  This unlocks powerful BI and analytics on an MPP database platform that is easy–to–use, set–up, and administer – lowering both capital and operating expenses.

“The Aster MapReduce Data Warehouse Appliance changes the economics of MPP data warehousing appliances by enabling an entry point of $50K for the most compute–rich, analytically–expressive data warehouse appliance on the market,” said Mayank Bawa, CEO of Aster Data. “This contrasts directly with the entry price of $500K for appliances from Teradata, Netezza, and Oracle. With a huge number of data warehouses under 1TB, this entry pricing now democratizes data warehousing and fast, rich analytics, and brings the power of data within the reach of departments and enterprises, big and small.”

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About Andy Painter

A passionate Information and Data Architect with experience of the financial services industry, Andy’s background spans pharmaceuticals, publishing, e-commerce, retail banking and insurance, but always with a focus on data. One of Andy’s principle philosophies is that data is a key business asset.
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