Aster Data Systems Named "Cool Vendor" by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the "Cool Vendor" Report are Innovative, Impactful, and Intriguing

San Carlos, CA – March 24, 2009 – Aster Data Systems, a proven leader dedicated to providing the best analytic databases for frontline data warehousing, today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the Cool Vendors in Data Management and Integration, 2009*, report by Gartner, Inc. Vendors were selected for their “innovative approaches and technologies for improving the scalability of databases and data warehouses, introducing new optimization techniques, integrating data for delivery to software as a service (SaaS)-based applications, and ensuring the integrity of data across applications and data structures.”

The report observes that organizations “Recognize that data warehouse environments that are constrained in terms of performance might benefit from distributing parts of their workload (such as analytic applications) to alternative DBMS solutions that hold the promise of lower costs and greater efficiency.” It goes on to recommend that clients “Explore alternative DBMS technologies and metadata management techniques for addressing workload scalability challenges in certain types of data warehouse activity, such as mission-critical front-line operations.”

“It is an honor to be included in the Gartner Cool Vendors list. We are strongly motivated to help our customers improve business performance by leveraging massive amounts of data at the frontlines of business,” said Mayank Bawa, CEO of Aster Data Systems. “We believe this recognition is a testament to the strength and vision of our product, and our ability to deliver the best analytic database to power the next generation of data warehouses for companies using ‘big data’ to stay ahead of their competition.”

In addition to the Cool Vendor selection, Aster has recently been named an AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 company, and a Top 10 Software Company by Silicon India.

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 San Carlos, California and is backed by Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, IVP, 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.

Aster Data Systems, Aster nCluster and the Aster logo are registered trademarks of Aster Data Systems. All other brands and trademarks referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Cool Vendor disclaimer
About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

Press Contact:
Zenobia Godschalk
ZAG Communications for Aster Data Systems

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