Aster Data Systems Helps Customers “Go Green” and Stop Buying Hardware for Data Warehouses

Aster nCluster Enables Customers to Recycle Existing Commodity Hardware to Achieve High Performance Frontline Data Warehousing

Redwood City, Calif. – January 27, 2009 – Aster Data Systems, a proven leader dedicated to providing the best analytic databases for frontline data warehousing, today announced the Aster “Data Warehousing Goes Green” program, which awards customers credits for each piece of existing commodity hardware that they leverage in their new Aster nCluster deployment. The purpose of this program is to urge companies to look at leveraging existing assets, rather than purchasing new, purpose-built hardware for their frontline data warehousing needs.

“In these challenging economic times, many customers are looking for a way to do more in analytics and data warehousing without making a major investment in new hardware,” said Richard Winter, President, WinterCorp. “Aster is offering that opportunity: not only can you run on your existing commodity infrastructure, you can even mix server models and generations to come up with enough capacity.”

Aster nCluster is a high-performance relational database management system for frontline data warehousing. Unlike traditional analytic databases, Aster’s online fault tolerance and hands-free administration allows it to run on a cluster of low-cost, commodity hardware – not a proprietary hardware appliance. At a time when many organizations are feeling the pinch of an economic downturn, combined with consumer pressure to ‘go green’ and recycle existing IT assets, Aster enables customers to re-use existing commodity hardware, which is often sitting idle, to build a massively parallel, always-on frontline data warehouse.

“IT organizations are under tremendous pressure to manage and analyze huge amounts of data for the business, with either flat or shrinking budgets,” said Mayank Bawa, CEO of Aster. “In order to remain competitive in this environment, many organizations know they must implement more frontline data warehousing capabilities, but simply do not have budget to purchase proprietary systems. By running the Aster solution on existing, commodity hardware, customers can have the best of both worlds – a high performance data warehouse without a huge capital outlay.”

Lower capital costs across the entire architecture
The Aster nCluster architecture leverages commodity hardware throughout the solution, enabling customers to use their existing servers, Ethernet switches and storage platforms while rapidly scaling. nCluster is able to scale-out by incorporating new low-cost commodity hardware along with existing hardware. By doing this, customers can extend the life of pre-existing servers, saving customers money as well as saving the environment.

Leveraging Aster nCluster, an organization can rapidly build out a data warehouse with commodity servers, standard Gigabit Ethernet switches and direct attached storage (not costly network-based storage (SAN/NAS) infrastructure), much of which may already be sitting elsewhere in an organization, unused and ready for repurposing.

Future-proofing existing investments
As an organization’s frontline data warehousing needs grow, nCluster can commingle hardware from numerous vendors in a single cluster, protecting hardware investments over time. As a result, organizations can feel comfortable adding new-generation hardware without having to throw away existing hardware, something unique to the Aster solution.

Companies interested in participating in the “Data Warehousing Goes Green” program can call 1.888.Aster.Data.

About Aster Data Systems
Aster Data Systems is a proven leader in high-performance analytic database systems for frontline data warehousing - bringing 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 Redwood City, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, 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.

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