Aster Data Systems

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Teradata Aster Analytics
TypePublic, Part of Teradata Corp
IndustryAdvanced Analytics
Founded2005 in San Carlos, California
ProductsTeradata Aster Analytics

Aster Data Systems was a data management and analysis software company headquartered in San Carlos, California. It was founded in 2005 and acquired by Teradata in 2011.


Aster Data was co-founded in 2005 by Stanford University graduate students George Candea, Mayank Bawa and Tasso Argyros.[1][2] It received funding from First Round Capital, Sequoia Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, Cambrian Ventures, Jafco Ventures as well as angel investors including Rajeev Motwani, Ron Conway and David Cheriton.[3] It received its first round of funding of $5 million in 2005, then a second round of $17 million in February 2009, and third round of $30 million in September 2010.[4]

Aster was mentioned in 2010 by Intelligent Enterprise' editor.[5][6] It was ranked seventh in 2011 of venture-funded companies by The Wall Street Journal.[7] Argyros (Chief Technical Officer at the time) was listed as a technology pioneer of information technologies and new media by the World Economic Forum in 2011.[8]

Teradata had acquired an 11 percent ownership interest in Aster Data Systems in September 2010. On March 3, 2011, Teradata agreed to pay an additional $263 million for the remaining ownership interest, net of debt and other expenses.[9][10] The acquisition completed in April 2011.[2] In September 2011 a computer appliance version of the product was announced, with pre-configured software bundled with hardware.[11] Aster Data hosted a "Data Analytics Summit" trade show through 2012, made up of regional events.[12]

In October 2012, Aster announced a second version of its appliance. In addition to the Aster database software, another appliance was available with nodes running the Hortonworks distribution of Apache Hadoop.[13][14]

In October 2013, version 6 of Aster database software was announced. It supported graph database technology, and a file system that the company said was compatible with the Hadoop distributed file system.[15][16] After Bawa left the company in 2014, he was named a young achiever by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (from which he graduated in 1999).[17]

In June 2014, Teradata announced a product using the R programming language.[18] In February 2015, Teradata announced an "AppCenter" using Aster technology.[19] In October, 2015 Teradata announced a set of analytics techniques and applications to run on Apache Hadoop, marketed for the Internet of things.[20] In 2016, Aster Analytics was made available on Amazon AWS Marketplace for self-service, DIY customers. It became available at Microsoft Azure Marketplace in 2017


  1. ^ "George Candea". Dependable Systems Laboratory faculty profile. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Teradata Completes Acquisition of Aster Data: Bringing together two leaders to deliver powerful insights for organizations". News release. Teradata. April 6, 2011. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Aster Data Systems Extends Oversubscribed Series B Funding to $17 Million IVP Adds $5 Million in Additional Funding for Proven Leader in Frontline Data Warehousing". News release. Institutional Venture Partners. February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Jason Kincaid (September 22, 2010). "Aster Data Raises Another $30 Million To Help Manage Big Data". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Aster Data Honored as "Company to Watch" in the 2010 Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards" (Press release). Aster Data. March 8, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010". Information Week. February 11, 2010. p. 5. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies". Wall Street Journal. March 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Empowering People and Transforming Society: The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers 2011" (PDF). World Economic Forum. May 30, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Teradata to Acquire Aster Data". News release. Aster Data. March 3, 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  10. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (March 3, 2011). "Teradata snaps up Aster Data for $263m: Big data analytics". The Register. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  11. ^ Chris Kanaracus (September 22, 2011). "Teradata's Aster analytic database gets appliance treatment". Info World. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  12. ^ "Data Analytics Summit: The premiere event for supercharging analytics on big data". official web site. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Tony Baer (October 26, 2012). "It's happening: Hadoop and SQL worlds are converging". ZDNet. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  14. ^ "Teradata Big Analytics Appliance Enables New Business Insights on All Enterprise Data". Press release. Teradata Aster. October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Andrew Brust (October 8, 2013). "Teradata Aster gets graph database, HDFS-compatible file store". ZDNet. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  16. ^ "Teradata Aster Discovery Platform Liberates Data Scientists Around the World". Press release. Teradata Aster. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Distinguished Alumnus Awards: Young Alumni Achiever Awards" (PDF). Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. March 10, 2014. p. 29. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Teradata Lifts the Limitations on Open Source R Analytics". Press release. June 26, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Teradata Launches Next-Generation Big Data Apps". Press release. February 11, 2015. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  20. ^ "Breakthrough Teradata Software Pushes the Analytic Edge with Internet of Things Data". Press release. October 19, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2017.