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By Chris Neumann in Blogroll, Cloud Computing on March 3, 2009
   

As the Director of Technology Delivery for Aster Data Systems, I oversee the teams responsible for delivering and deploying our nCluster analytic database to customers and enabling prospective customers to evaluate our solutions effectively and efficiently.  Recently, Shawn posted on the release of Aster nCluster Cloud Edition and discussed how cloud computing enables business to scale their infrastructure without huge hardware investments.   As a follow-on, I’d like to let you know about how the flexibility provided by nCluster’s support of multiple platforms can reduce the time and costs associated with evaluating nCluster.

Evaluating enterprise software can be a costly effort in both time and money.  The process typically requires weeks of prep work by the evaluation team, possibly including purchasing different hardware for each vendor being evaluated.  Spending significant amounts of money and losing weeks of resource productivity to an evaluation is something few companies can afford to do, particularly in these uncertain times.

With our recent public release of Aster nCluster Cloud Edition, we now provide the most platform options of any major data warehouse vendor.  While it’s natural to focus on the flexibility this affords for production systems, it also allows us to be very flexible for enabling customers to try our solution:

Commodity Hardware Evaluation
Several warehouse vendors claim to support commodity hardware, but most are very closely tied to one “preferred” vendor.  Aster nCluster supports any x86-based hardware, meaning that you can evaluate us on either new hardware (if performance is a key aspect of the evaluation) or older hardware that is being repurposed (if you want to test the functionality of nCluster without buying new hardware).

Aster-Hosted Evaluation
Our data center in San Carlos, CA has racks of servers dedicated to customer evaluations.  With an Aster-hosted system, functional evaluations of nCluster can be performed with minimum infrastructure requirements.

Cloud Evaluation
With Aster nCluster Cloud Edition, custom-configured nClusters can be brought up in minutes on either Amazon EC2 or AppNexus.  POCs can be performed on one or multiple systems in parallel, with zero infrastructure requirements.  Your teams can evaluate all of nCluster’s functionality in the cloud, with complete control over sizing and scaling. (While other vendors have announced cloud offerings, we’re the only data warehouse vendor to have production customers on two separate cloud services).

Whether you’re building a new frontline data warehouse or looking to replace an existing system that doesn’t scale or costs too much, you should check us out.  We have a great product that’s turning heads as an alternative to overpriced hardware appliances for multi-TB data warehouses.  With all the flexibility our offerings provide, you can evaluate all the power of Aster nCluster without the costs of traditional POCs.

Give us a try and see everything you can do with Aster nCluster!


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