Aster Data Systems Selected as an InformationWeek Startup 50

Innovative Data Warehousing Provider Honored as a Business Technology Company to Watch

San Carlos, CA – April 22, 2009 – Aster Data Systems, a proven leader in high-performance data warehousing and analytics, today announced that it has been named to the first annual listing of the InformationWeek Startup 50.

InformationWeek's Startup 50 is a list of the top 50 business technology startups selected by InformationWeek readers and editors, identified as young companies ready to address the critical challenges facing the enterprise. The technologies and companies behind them were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Innovation and their ability to inject new ways of doing things into business processes
  • Value, which is reflected in lower costs, increased sales, higher productivity, or improved customer loyalty
  • Enterprise-readiness, meaning that a product or services scales and can be deployed and managed as necessary by IT pros

Aster’s flagship product - Aster nCluster - is a massively-parallel database system for data warehousing – the first to tightly integrate MapReduce with SQL – providing deep insights on data analyzed on clusters of low-cost commodity hardware. The company already counts companies such as MySpace, aCerno (an Akamai company), Specific Media, and ShareThis as customers.

"We're honored by this latest recognition from InformationWeek," said Mayank Bawa, CEO of Aster. "Organizations are eager to harness the rapidly growing amounts of valuable data at the business frontline. Our award-winning team, combined with our growing customer base, are a testament to Aster’s ability to provide the industry’s most innovative, cost-efficient analytic database that helps companies capture and leverage ‘big data’ to help them succeed."

In addition to the InformationWeek Startup 50 honor, Aster has recently been named a ‘Cool Vendor in Data Management and Integration’ by Gartner, an AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 company, a Hot Company by Network Products Guide and a Top 10 Software Company by Silicon India.

About Aster Data Systems
Aster Data Systems is a proven leader in high-performance database systems for data warehousing - the first DBMS to tightly integrate SQL with MapReduce - providing deep insights on data analyzed on clusters of low-cost commodity hardware. The Aster nCluster database cost-effectively powers frontline analytic applications for companies such as MySpace, aCerno (an Akamai company), and ShareThis. Running on low-cost off-the-shelf hardware, and providing 'hands-free' administration, Aster enables enterprises to meet their data warehousing needs within their budget. Aster is headquartered in San Carlos, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, IVP, Cambrian Ventures, and First-Round Capital, as well as industry visionaries including David Cheriton, Rajeev Motwani and Ron Conway. For more information please visit http://www.asterdata.com, or call 650-232-4400.

Aster Data Systems, Aster nCluster and the Aster logo are registered trademarks of Aster Data Systems. All other brands and trademarks referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Press Contact:
Zenobia Godschalk
ZAG Communications for Aster Data Systems
650.269.8315
zenobia@zagcommunications.com

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