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What they do:
Companies gather a lot of information, about lots of different kinds of things. So much information, in fact, that it can overwhelm traditional databases and render them unable to perform the kind of analysis companies need to improve their products and operations. Enter Aster Data. Aster Data’s new programming framework helps companies store and analyze petrabytes upon petrabytes of data. What’ a petrabyte, you ask? One quadrillion bytes. Or 1000 terabytes. Or 1 million gigabytes. In other words? A helluva lot of data.
Why it’s cool:
There’s a reason they call this the Information Age. But information isn’t helpful on its own–it needs a home (storage) and a purpose (analysis). Aster Data’s customers include MySpace, LinkedIn, and Mint.com–so if you’re that guy who started a online metal band, then needed a real job, then needed a way to keep track of all the actual money you were finally making… Aster Data was with you every step of the way.