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Need for 'Big Data' Analytics Drives Vendors' Acquisitions

Jaikumar Vijayan | March 5, 2011
Acquisitions such as Teradata's planned purchase of Aster Data Systems are driven by the growing demand for technologies that can help enterprises mine massive volumes of unstructured data, analysts said.

Curt Monash, a principal at Monash Research, said the Aster deal will give Teradata "industry leading" technology for handling big data requirements. In the near term, he expects Teradata will continue to sell Aster's technology as a separate, standalone product line.

Teradata's acquisition further whittles down the number of pure play vendors left standing in the space in which Aster competes, Monash said. The few remaining independent companies that offer similar technologies include ParAccel, Infobright, Kognitio and SAND, a Canadian database analytics vendor.


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