September 15, 2010 - Data management and analytics provider Aster Data today announced the release of nCluster 4.6, a hybrid column/row data store that leverages MapReduce and a massively parallel processing database management system.

What's new in 4.6 is the columnar data store, in concert with Aster's existing row store in a heterogeneous platform that makes use of Aster's existing SQL MapReduce technology and MPP. Columnar databases and embedded applications have found renewed attraction in certain use cases involving very large sets of data where processing efficiency carries a premium.

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