Aster Data Receives "Technical Innovation" Award from MicroStrategy

Aster Data Honored by Leading Business Intelligence Provider at its Annual User Conference for its Innovations in Providing Advanced Analytics on Big Data

San Francisco, CA - February 9, 2010 - Aster Data, a proven leader dedicated to providing the best data processing and data management platform for big data applications, today announced that it has received the “Technical Innovation” award from business intelligence leader MicroStrategy at its annual user conference, MicroStrategy World 2010. The inaugural award program sponsored by MicroStrategy recognizes key global business partners who have helped customers maximize the value of their BI applications. Among other initiatives, Aster Data and MicroStrategy have collaborated closely over the past year to bring deep analytics capabilities to massively parallel data warehouse environments.

“Aster Data has worked closely with MicroStrategy for several years now to help advance the business intelligence and big data analytics category,” said Mayank Bawa, founder and CEO of Aster Data. “We are honored to be recognized from such an integral partner and look forward to continuing to work closely with MicroStrategy to deliver the next generation of data management to enterprise customers, giving them deeper insights to their business.”

“We are delighted to recognize Aster Data for their outstanding achievement in bringing new technical innovations to customers,” said Sanju Bansal, COO of MicroStrategy. “We appreciate partners like Aster Data who play a critical role in helping our customers get more value from their data.”

Aster Data is the first massively parallel data warehouse that allows analytic applications to be fully embedded inside the system allowing advanced data analysis on terabytes to petabytes of data. This 'in-database analytics' breakthrough coupled with Aster Data's innovations in data warehouse capabilities including advances in dynamic mixed workload management, one-click scaling, online backup, and data compression, has accelerated demand for Aster Data's solution across organizations that are struggling with managing and analyzing vast amounts of data. Aster Data is also the only company to offer the SQL-MapReduce solution, which gives organizations an easy way to adopt the powerful MapReduce analytical framework. Aster Data's customers span financial services, retail, telecommunications, government agencies, and Internet companies who use Aster Data's nCluster solution for their interactive, big data applications.

About Aster Data
Aster Data is a proven leader in big data management and big data analysis for data-driven applications. Aster Data’s nCluster is the first MPP data warehouse architecture that allows applications to be fully embedded within the database engine to enable ultra-fast, deep analysis of massive data sets. Aster Data's unique “applications-within™” approach allows application logic to exist and execute with the data itself. Termed a “Massively Parallel Data-Application Server,” Aster Data’s solution effectively uses Aster Data’s patent-pending SQL-MapReduce together with parallelized data processing and applications to address the big data challenge. Companies using Aster Data include Coremetrics, MySpace, Akamai, ShareThis, and Full Tilt Poker. Aster Data is headquartered in San Carlos, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, IVP, and Cambrian Ventures, as well as industry visionaries including David Cheriton, Ron Conway, and Rajeev Motwani. For more information please visit http://www.asterdata.com, or call 650-232-4400.

Aster Data, Aster Data nCluster, the Aster logo and “Applications-Within™” are registered trademarks of Aster Data. All other brands and trademarks referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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ZAG Communications for Aster Data Systems
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