Aster Data Systems Brings MapReduce to .NET Developers

Enterprise-Class MapReduce Easy to Use for Both SQL and .NET Developers

San Carlos, Calif. – June 9, 2009 – Aster Data Systems, a proven leader in high-performance database systems for data warehousing and analytics, today announced that any enterprise development team standardized on the Microsoft .NET development platform now, for the first time, has the opportunity to easily write “Big Data, Rich Computations” applications using MapReduce.

Aster nCluster and Aster nCluster Cloud Edition, the first database to tightly integrate SQL with MapReduce, now brings another first to the world of data analysis – the ability for .NET developers to write MapReduce functions in C# and have them execute in the database to empower data-driven applications and business analysis. This extends the Aster nCluster In-Database MapReduce framework support for Java, Python, Perl, C++, and more.

MapReduce is a programming model that was popularized by Google in 2004 to process large unstructured data sets distributed across thousands of nodes. In-Database MapReduce enables enterprises to harness the power of MapReduce while managing their data in Aster nCluster, a highly scalable relational database for data warehousing and analytics. Aster nCluster was the first database system to offer enterprise-class MapReduce capabilities such as integration with BI and ETL tools, SQL support, backup and recovery, transactional data consistency, support for interactive as well as batch analytics, etc..

According to the Forrester Research report, The State of Enterprise Software: 2009, by R “Ray” Wang and Jean-Pierre Garbani, enterprises that custom-develop software applications are likely to deploy them internally, and 62% of enterprises develop on the Microsoft .NET platform. For custom-developed applications, 43% of enterprises use Microsoft C# for development or maintenance. This data was based on a survey of 445 North American and European enterprise software decision-makers responsible for software development.

“That is a large percentage of developers who can now leverage Aster nCluster In-Database MapReduce for its scalability and rich analytical prowess on ‘Big Data’ without any painful learning process. This is a valuable advantage for enterprises to develop powerful, data-driven business applications,” said Tasso Argyros, CTO of Aster.

SQL-MapReduce (SQL-MR) functions within the Aster nCluster In-Database MapReduce framework are simple to write in C# and make available to business analysts and business intelligence (BI) tools via standard SQL. They enable SQL queries to manipulate the underlying data and provide input. The SQL-MR functions can procedurally manipulate such input data and provide outputs that can be further consumed by SQL queries or be written into tables within the database – providing rich analytical functions which can be “developed once, used everywhere” by applications or business analysts. This creates an elegant separation of roles between developers and analysts who want to iterate analytical models through standard SQL, without burdening developers to rewrite functions each time something changes – speeding up the knowledge discovery process

“Aster is committed to bringing deeper insights on larger data volumes to organizations. Now not only are we the first and only database which provides tight SQL integration with MapReduce, but now we are offering the first database to enable .NET C# developers to write SQL-MapReduce functions to speed up their data-driven applications and knowledge discovery process. Developers now have the freedom of choice – to develop as they prefer – and do more with their Big Data assets with Aster nCluster,” said Argyros.

For more information on Aster In-Database MapReduce, including sample applications and SQL-MR code, visit http://www.asterdata.com/mapreduce.

About Aster Data Systems
Aster Data Systems is a proven leader in high-performance analytic database systems for data warehousing - the first DBMS to tightly integrate SQL with MapReduce - providing 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 Coremetrics, 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 and Ron Conway. For more information please visit http://www.asterdata.com, or call 650-232-4400.

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