Aster adds 'data-application server' in version 4.0

The new system co-locates applications inside the database for faster performance

Aster Data Systems on Monday is introducing version 4.0 of its MPP (massively parallel processing) analytic database that allows customers to move application logic into the database system.

The new "data-application server" provides major performance gains, since information no longer needs to be transmitted over a network to a separate application server, according to Aster.

The approach is enabled by an framework that integrates SQL with the MapReduce programming model first developed at Google for parallel processing of large data sets across pools of commodity hardware.

The IT industry has entered a world where multi-terabyte and even petabyte-scale analytics workloads are a reality, but traditional data pipelines aren't ready to handle the job, said Aster CEO Mayank Bawa. "In order to do large-scale analytics on large data sets, you have to bring the application to the data itself," he said.

Packaged applications or custom ones developed in Java, C, C++, C#, .NET, Perl and Python run inside resource containers in Aster's system, with no need to rewrite any code, Bawa said. Aster will support additional languages in the future, including R, the open-source analytics language, he said.

Aster's database can handle hundreds of concurrent workloads, which are managed and prioritized through a new rules-based system. Data and applications are co-located in the database but have separate supporting services, improving overall stability.

It is not especially difficult to work with the new system, and Aster isn't expecting to rack up major dollars for new services engagements, according to Bawa. "Services is a good side business, but people should be able to implement it very easily with some side training," he said.

Aster is also in discussions with a number of global systems integrators that want to build practices around the database, according to a spokeswoman.

Once customers get more acquainted with the new architectural approach, it will enable an entirely new set of applications, Bawa predicted.

Aster's announcement is "a slick vision" with "a not-so-slick" name, analyst Curt Monash said in a blog post.

"Of course, Aster is hardly the only analytic DBMS vendor to have the idea of explicitly enhancing general analytic processing; that's why we see lots of MapReduce announcements," he added. "But I don't know of anybody else whose approach is quite so elegant and general at this time."

Other observers echoed Monash. "It's really innovative and I don't use those terms lightly," said Forrester Research analyst James Kobielus. Moving application logic into the data warehousing environment is "a logical next step" that has implications not just for BI and analytics, but transactional business applications as well, he said.

However, "this is complex stuff," he added. "They're lashing together two distinct markets."

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags serversaster data systemsdatabase serverapplication server

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?