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Database Analytics Startup Aster Data launched

Posted in Analytics, Startup by Pankaj Gudimella on May 20, 2008

Grid-computing startup Aster Data Systems will officially launch today, three years after it was founded. Aster, which began in the Ph.D program at Standford, is a provider of “massively parallel processing databases” for organizations that have mammoth quantities of data that need to be stored and analyzed quickly. The Redwood City, California-based company is backed by Sequoia Capital, Cambrian Ventures, and First-Round Capital.

Aster’s nCluster software allows companies with large amounts of data to store it on commodity hardware and scale with one-click, adding new servers as the data set grows. The company’s first major client is MySpace, which generates 100s of terabytes of traffic data from its 110 million monthly unique users. Mining that data to understand how customers use and interact with the site requires some pretty robust architecture.

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