Aster Data Systems and Pentaho Establish Partnership

Redwood City, Calif. – August 5, 2008 – Aster Data Systems, a proven innovator in massively parallel processing (MPP) databases for data warehousing and analytics, today announced a strategic partnership with Pentaho Corporation that combines product integration, certification, and services. The two companies will also partner on joint sales and marketing efforts.

Aster will provide its Aster nCluster analytic database to work in conjunction with Pentaho open source business intelligence (BI) products, to enable customers to rapidly collect and analyze large volumes of data for deep analysis and reporting. Now with Pentaho and Aster, companies looking for faster and more frequent analysis of their business on rapidly increasing amounts of data have a commercial open source alternative for BI. The combined offering delivers deeper business insights to users more quickly and broadly with a database management system (DBMS) that can easily and cost-effectively scale to keep pace with exploding data volumes in organizations.

“Organizations today are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to managing the exponential growth in volumes of data and the need to access and analyze it. At the same time, costs to manage and maintain it are growing just as fast while most IT organizations are strapped with technology suppliers who are raising their license and maintenance fees instead of lowering them,” said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP of Research at Ventana Research. “Aster Data Systems and Pentaho are partnering together to provide simpler and easier to manage technologies that can deliver much needed enterprise-scale data warehousing and BI functionality dramatically faster at an effective TCO.”

“Aster nCluster is a great asset for Pentaho open source BI products, allowing organizations to address their full spectrum of business intelligence needs, with enterprise-class performance and scalability on commodity hardware. We are delighted to welcome Aster Data Systems to the Pentaho Partner Program,” said Lance Walter, vice president, marketing.

“This is an important partnership for Aster – creating a strong BI ecosystem for our customers who want choices for analyzing data within Aster nCluster,” said Mayank Bawa, CEO and co-founder of Aster Data Systems. “By partnering with a leading company like Pentaho, we bring together Aster’s strength in easy to manage, Internet-scale data warehouses with Pentaho’s broad business intelligence suite. We can now jointly offer customers a reliable and cost-effective alternative to manage and analyze rapidly growing data volumes.”

About Aster nCluster
Aster nCluster is an analytic SQL database that makes it easy to analyze massive data sets to help organizations better understand customer behavior, monetize new opportunities, and control risk. Aster nCluster transforms off-the-shelf commodity hardware into a massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database capable of handling the most demanding data warehouse environments. The key to the Aster nCluster architecture is a series of patent-pending algorithms and processes that control the placement, partitioning, balancing, replication, and querying across clusters of intelligent nodes.

About Pentaho
Pentaho Corporation is the commercial open source alternative for Business Intelligence (BI). Pentaho Open BI Suite provides comprehensive reporting, OLAP analysis, dashboards, data integration, data mining and a BI platform that have made it the world's leading and most widely deployed open source BI suite. Pentaho's commercial open source business model eliminates software license fees, providing support, services, and product enhancements via an annual subscription. In the years since Pentaho's inception as the pioneer in commercial open source BI, Pentaho's products have been downloaded more than three million times, with production deployments at companies ranging from small organizations to The Global 2000. For more information, visit http://www.pentaho.com.

About Aster Data Systems
Aster Data Systems is a proven innovator in massively parallel processing (MPP) databases for data warehousing and analytics – bringing deep insights on massive data analyzed on clusters of commodity hardware. Co-founded by three colleagues in the Stanford Computer Science Ph.D. program, Aster's nCluster database provides patent-pending innovations in scalability, manageability, availability, and analytics. Aster is headquartered in Redwood City, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, Cambrian Ventures, and First-Round Capital. For more information please visit us at http://www.asterdata.com, or via phone at 650-232-4400.

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