November 30, 2010 – Big data needs for front and back end-users has brought together business intelligence provider Tableau Software and data management firm Aster Data.

The companies partnered for the Aster Data and Tableau Software solution, which gives organizations capabilities for reporting and analytic visualizations with large and diverse data volumes. Aster Data nCluster, the company’s massively parallel processing database, will deliver big data management and analytic processing for the solution, and visualization and analytics dashboards will be delivered through Tableau Software.

The marriage of front-end visuals from Tableau and back-end processing from Aster Data in the solution is geared at allowing easy access for users not well versed in SQL, says Stephanie McReynolds, Aster Data director of product marketing.

“One of the challenges around big data, even with other technologies like Hadoop, is in making it easier for non-technologists to explore,” McReynolds says.

David Menninger, analyst and vice president with Ventana Research, calls the joint solution a “natural combination of two complementary products.”

“As best-of-breed vendors, neither attempts to deliver an end-to-end solution so they need each other. Since similar relationships exist with other analytic databases and front-end vendors the net impact on the industry is to offer customers more choice – which is a good thing,” Menninger says.

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