By Steve Wooledge in Blogroll, Frontline data warehouse on January 5, 2009

If you would have told me that Aster Data Systems would be referenced by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems report after just 6 months of coming out of stealth mode, I would have said you were pretty ambitious. There are some pretty high criteria for being placed, such as having a generally-available product for more than one year, as well as over 10 customers in production.

Well, we were included. Even if it was only a mention. And I’m proud to say that as of the publishing date, I believe the only criteria that held us back from being placed on it was having a product available for less than one year.

Although Aster’s high-performance analytic database, Aster nCluster, has been generally available since May - we’re actually on the third major release tested in customer environments.  We were busy building out its functionality and testing Aster nCluster in some pretty rigorous frontline data warehouses such as Aggregate Knowledge and MySpace, where we have strict requirements for scale (100+ terabytes) and uptime (no unplanned downtime for more than one year).

2008 was a break-out year for Aster.  2009 will be even more exciting as we continue to set new limits for what customers expect of a relational database management system.

I suppose the next thing you’ll tell me is that we should be placed in the Leaders or Visionaries Quadrants on the chart?  That’s ambitious. But it’s just the sort of thing this team and product are capable of.


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