Aster Data Expands Global Partner Program

New Aster Data nCluster 4.5 Broadens Systems Integrator and Developer Community to Build Next-Generation Analytic Applications

San Carlos, CA - February 22, 2010 - Aster Data, a proven leader dedicated to providing the best data management and data processing platform for big data applications, today announced the expansion of its Global Partner Program, adding a Solution Provider level for systems integrators and developers. This new level in the program is designed to help partners take advantage of the significant advances in Aster Data nCluster 4.5, Aster Data’s new product release announced today, that simplifies the development and management of highly advanced, interactive analytic applications that process terabytes to petabytes of data. Part of the new product release, Aster Data Developer Express, is an integrated development environment that eases and accelerates development of advanced SQL and MapReduce analytic applications.

"Aster Data's new Solution Provider partner program and cutting-edge development environment provides a rich, standards-based development platform for big data application developers and systems integrators," said Pankaj Mittal, CTO, Impetus. "With our experience in developing big data applications and Aster Data's elegant integration of MapReduce with SQL in a visual development environment, Impetus can reduce development time for advanced analytics solutions and build richer data-driven applications that empower our joint customers to deliver data monetization, higher customer satisfaction, and lower risk."

Aster Data nCluster 4.5 delivers the market’s first comprehensive platform for rapid development, deployment, and management of MapReduce-enabled analytic applications. nCluster 4.5 introduces: Aster Data Developer Express, the first integrated visual development environment for building MapReduce and SQL-based analytic applications; Aster Data Analytic Foundation, a powerful suite of re-usable analytic functions for accelerating application development; Aster Data Management Console 4.5, a cutting-edge new management console for powerful visibility and control of data and analytic applications; and support of solid-state storage devices (SSD) to accelerate storage performance.

"Allowing developers to easily build and test advanced analytic applications is an area of growth and innovation in the Eclipse community. It is great to have Aster Data provide leadership in this area by offering Eclipse developers a visual development environment for creating SQL and MapReduce applications," said Mike Milnkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation.

The continuing data explosion is compelling organizations to rapidly evolve their analytics strategy in order to deliver faster and deeper analytics on terabytes to petabytes of data. This new generation of data-driven applications and advanced analytics requires technology innovations that address not only the performance and scale of big data analytics, but also the complexity in developing rich analytic functions. Aster Data led the way in bringing together the fundamental technology innovations needed to make big data analytics possible with the first Massively Parallel Data-Application Server (MP-DAS) — a massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse architecture with the unique ability to fully embed application logic within the database engine to enable ultra-fast, deep analysis of massive data sets. Now with the leading-edge Aster Data Developer Express development environment and expanded partner training and support, enterprise customers and government organizations benefit from rapid delivery of more innovative analytic solutions and can take advantage of the MapReduce analytics framework without having to learn or staff for MapReduce skillsets internally.

"The expansion of the Aster Data Global Partner Program furthers our vision of enabling organizations to unite applications with data. First, we made it possible with the first Data-Application Server. Now we’ve made it easier and faster with Aster Data Developer Express and Aster Data Analytic Foundation. New partners are endorsing our vision and technical innovation as the future of advanced analytics for large data volumes, said Raj Pai, Vice President of Alliances, Aster Data. "We are very pleased by the rapid adoption of Aster Data by our partners as well as their continued strong interest in building big data applications."

The Aster Data Global Partner Program includes leading resellers, technology, and consulting providers. Partners span three distinct levels: Resellers and OEM Partners; Solution Provider Partners such as systems integrators and developers; and Technology Partners.

For more information on becoming an Aster Data Global Partner, please visit http://www.asterdata.com/partners/application.php or call 1.888.Aster.Data (US) or +1.650.232.4400 (INTL).

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 utilizes Aster’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, Full Tilt Poker, and ShareThis. 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 1.888.Aster.Data.

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.

About Impetus
Impetus Technologies provides software product design, R&D and related services to leading global software product companies. Impetus works on cutting-edge technologies to develop a variety of next-generation products for a range of vertical domains. From enterprise applications that optimize supply chains and credit portfolios, to solutions for the emerging rich media and digital content verticals; and from products for wireless networks and mobile handsets to software for network forensics and communication monitoring, Impetus' emphasis on continuous innovation adds significant value to its clients' technology initiatives. For more information, visit www.impetus.com or write to info@impetus.com.

About the Eclipse Foundation
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++, PHP and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org.

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