My favorite ( as of now) company in Big Data is Aster Data* ( I am partial to companies founded by Stanford Alumni having interacted with a lot of them while working with Trilogy- another Stanford dropout alumni company. There are also not too many Silicon Valley startups by us famously non intellectual Punjus
Q- What is the culture in Punjab A- In Punjab the only culture is agriculture)
Aster Data has correctly hit the marketing hammer on the nail of bigger data and with the quantities of data expanding rapidly this is a lucrative market to get into ( as pointed by our favorite analytics journal NY Times)
Aster Data’s products of nCluster and nPath with MapReduce SQL, and the recent interactions with SAS Institute hold them in a nice promising place but with miles to go before they even rest ( or start thinking of that IPO)
Aster were present at Data Mining 2009 with terrific response to their booth.
As a techie wannabe stats frat boy, I like the Aster nPath product more (Time Series) but the analytics within database claim with nCluster needs to be investigated and even tested further. Especially if you need three days to get your monthly summary report.
( *and also an advertiser, sponsor to Big Data Summit as per FCC regulations)
The Data Services and Applications with flexibility for cloud computing is what makes this especially appealing from a product perspective while their relatively small size ( as compared to other bigger Vend- ORs) gives alliance partners more leverage in colloborating in Research and Design and maybe even co bundling applications.
Screenshots- Courtesy -The Lovely www.asterdata.com website ( Webmasters of other websites especially IBM and Oracle’s should take note how a website can have lots of content and yet be readable)
Also I will be posting the remaining Data Mining 2009 interviews shortly (including Part 2 with Anne) and share some/all of the presentations via SlideShare embedding in WordPress.com ( post permission).
As for the Aster Data Interviews- I owe Peter Pavloski and the readers one. Coming up soon.