Aster Data nCluster:
Ultra-Fast Analytic Platform for Big Data

Massive data growth combined with demand for both deeper and richer data analytics on complete datasets, without sampling, are straining traditional systems. Delivering the performance, scalability, and ease of use that organizations demand requires a new architecture that delivers an analytics platform designed for ultra-fast analysis that easily scales to terabytes of data and beyond.

The Aster Data nCluster Solution

Aster Data nCluster delivers the leading massively parallel (MPP) analytic platform, a software solution that embeds MapReduce analytic processing with data stores for deeper insights on new data sources and types to deliver new analytic capabilities with breakthrough performance and scalability. Aster Data nCluster not only stores large volumes of data but also processes data and analytic applications in-database to deliver faster, deeper insights.  The nCluster analytic platform supports the highest levels of performance for diverse query workloads with hybrid row and column data stores that completely integrate both row and column data storage formats with unified database services and computation layers for seamless data access.

nCluster’s Applications-Within™ architecture uses an integrated MapReduce analytics engine for embedded analytic processing, allowing custom or packaged analytic software to be processed inside the analytic platform. The nCluster analytic platform uses Aster Data's SQL-MapReduce® framework so applications are collocated with the data. This architecture delivers breakthrough performance and scalability on large data volumes, advanced in-database processing, and easy development of powerful analytics.

Using the nCluster analytic platform, Aster Data customers report results such as:

  • 90x faster performance for queries and analytic software applications
  • Efficient, linear scaling of data storage and querying to 100s of terabytes
  • Richer analytics than were possible or practical with SQL
  • Fast, easy development of rich analytic applications, reducing code by more than 90%

Analytic Solutions
Aster Data nCluster: a massively parallel analytic platform

Deployment options:
Aster Data nCluster gives you the flexibility to choose the type of deployment that best meets your needs:

Breakthrough Performance and Scalability

Aster Data nCluster is an analytic platform that delivers breakthrough performance that scales to terabytes and even petabytes of data.

  • "Always-Parallel": nCluster's massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and embedded MapReduce engine enable end-to-end parallelism of data and analytic processing. nCluster parallelizes data loading, querying, exports, backups, recoveries, installs and upgrades to take full advantage of all resources.
  • "Always-On": nCluster provides leading fault tolerance and online maintenance capabilities to ensure uninterrupted operations.
  • Unlimited Scalability: nCluster's unique scaling architecture provides online, linear scaling across all operations - loads, queries, exports, backups, and recoveries.
  • Dynamic Mixed Workload Management: nCluster provides truly dynamic workload management for both queries and analytics. Automated policy controls ensure predictable performance and guaranteed service levels for diverse workloads.
  • Advanced Manageability of Data and Applications: The Aster Data Management Console (AMC) provides cutting-edge manageability of the nCluster analytic platform and the applications running inside through an intuitive graphical interface. From dashboards for at-a-glance visibility to detailed drill-downs, the AMC makes it easy to manage and monitor both analytics and data processing.
  • Hybrid row/columnar architecture: nCluster lets you store data in the format that best matches your needs. Use columnar storage for data that will be accessed for canned business intelligence reports. Use row-based storage for massive datasets accessed for exploratory or advanced analytics.

Embedded Processing of Analytic Applications

The unique embedded analytics engine inside the Aster Data nCluster analytics platform delivers ultra-fast, rich analytics that scale to terabytes and petabytes of data. In-database analytic processing eliminates the overhead of moving large data sets to custom or packaged analytic software applications, providing significant performance benefits. Key aspects of Aster Data's integrated analytics engine include:

  • Embedded MapReduce: Uniquely enables rich analytics and ultra-fast processing of large data volumes by automatically parallelizing processing of workloads and analytic applications. Aster Data's architecture brings together data stores for multi-structured data with the processing power of MapReduce.
  • SQL-MapReduce: Aster Data's patented SQL-MapReduce framework makes it easy to leverage the power of MapReduce with the ease and familiarity of SQL. Any analytic software code can easily be MapReduce-enabled and pushed into the Aster Data analytics platform without rewriting. SQL-MapReduce enables a richer class of analytics applications that are simple to formulate and can be used by any business analyst familiar with SQL.

Easy Development of Advanced Analytics

Aster Data makes it easy to create advanced analytic applications on the nCluster analytic platform by providing pre-packaged analytics functions and tools that go beyond the limitations and complexity of SQL analytics, reducing time and effort to deliver deeper analytic insights in use cases such as pattern analysis, path analysis, and graph analysis.

  • SQL-MapReduce: Enables developers to write powerful and highly expressive functions in languages such as Java, C, C#, Python, C++, and R and push them into nCluster where they can be called using standard SQL and leverage the analytic power of MapReduce processing.
  • Aster Data Developer Express: A visual development environment for SQL and MapReduce applications that makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy advanced analytic applications.
  • Aster Data Analytic Foundation: A powerful suite of pre-built MapReduce analytics software building blocks that can be leveraged by any analytic application to accelerate the development of rich analytics applications.

Learn More

To learn more about Aster Data nCluster, download the datasheet and whitepaper. You can also contact us by phone at 1.888.Aster.Data or by e-mail to

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