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Matt Aslett
Research Director

As Research Director for the data platforms and analytics research channel, Matt has overall responsibility for the coverage of operational and analytic databases, data integration, data quality, and business intelligence. Matt's own primary area of focus is on relational and non-relational databases - including NoSQL and NewSQL - data warehousing, data caching, and Hadoop. Matthew is also an expert in open source software and regularly contributes to 451 Research's open source-related research.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Matthew was Deputy Editor of monthly magazine Computer Business Review and ComputerWire's daily news service. Matthew started in IT journalism in 1997 as a staff writer with monthly magazine Unix and NT News, where he became editor in 2000. He has also contributed to a number of other publications. Matthew holds a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University in the UK.

Reports by this Analyst

Arcadia Data visualizes a harmonious coupling of BI and Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Aster Data and 3PAR alumni have launched Arcadia Data, raising $11.5m to deliver native Hadoop visualization and a BI offering. Arcadia Enterprise, due later this year, will include a Hadoop-based parallelized OLAP engine to provide enterprise scalability and improve efficiency.
MapR updates Hadoop distribution to version 5.0 with a focus on real-time applications
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The latest version of MapR's Hadoop distribution extends its data-transport framework beyond MapR-DB and includes governance enhancements and the Apache Drill SQL-on-Hadoop engine. The company also announced the availability of MapR on Microsoft's Azure service.
Databricks Cloud becomes generally available as Spark reaches version 1.4
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark in-memory analytics engine has announced that its Databricks Cloud hosted Spark service is now generally available, following almost a year in beta testing.
jSonar launches SonarW, a MongoDB-compatible data warehouse
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
A columnar data warehouse for a NoSQL document store? Stranger things have happened at sea. Expanding beyond its initial focus, jSonar has introduced SonarW, a Hadoop-friendly, MongoDB-compatible, columnar data warehouse for multi-structured data.
Hortonworks updates Hadoop subscription with proactive monitoring
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company has updated its Hortonworks Data Platform distribution to version 2.3. It has also launched a new proactive Hadoop cluster-monitoring service called SmartSense, bundled with any Hortonworks support subscription.
Presto! Teradata enters the SQL-on-Hadoop community
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Teradata has announced support and development contributions for Presto, the open source SQL-on-Hadoop engine that originated at Facebook. It also plans to take advantage of Apache Spark and Apache Kafka to power its forthcoming Teradata Listener data-integration platform for streaming data.
MongoDB previews 3.2 enhancements, including native connector for SQL BI tools
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company used its recent MongoDB World user event to preview some of the features and functionality that will be delivered with version 3.2 of its document database later this year. Among the highlights: document validation rules, document data exploration and better support for SQL analysis tools.
BlueData updates virtualized 'big data' platform, launches Docker-based BlueData Lite
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company has updated its EPIC virtualization and management platform for Apache Hadoop to version 1.5, adding support for Cloudera Manager and Apache Ambari, and introduced EPIC Lite, a Docker-based environment for proofs of concept.
Basho repositions to deliver multi-model distributed Data Platform
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Building on its existing distributed key-value store and object storage technology, Basho has announced the launch of Basho Data Platform, positioning itself, in the long term, as a multi-model distributed NoSQL database management system provider.
DataStax adds Live Indexing for mixed operational, search and analytic database workloads
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
Continuing its support of multiple NoSQL database models and workloads, DataStax has added a capability called Live Indexing to DataStax Enterprise 4.7 that improves analytics performance for operational data.
With $15m series B, Pepperdata eyes cluster-optimization role beyond Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
Pepperdata recently raised a $15m series B round to fund the development and marketing of its cluster-optimization software designed to improve the reliability, performance and efficiency of Apache Hadoop. It is working to expand its scope and address other distributed environments.
Total Data market expected to hit $115bn by 2019
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
The Total Data market – consisting of data platforms, data management and analytics – will nearly double in size between the end of last year and 2019, according a new market sizing and forecasting service from 451 Research.
Doopex brings Hadoop in the cloud to Europe with Big Data as a Service
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
New European Hadoop-as-a-service provider Doopex has announced the launch of its service. The company offers a hosted version of the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop, with a software-as-a-service interface designed for nontechnical users.
MemSQL updates in-memory database with geospatial support, free Community Edition
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
In-memory database specialist MemSQL has launched version 4.0 of its in-memory database for operational and analytic workloads, adding geospatial support and a free Community Edition to enable would-be customers to put the database through its paces.
IBM updates Hadoop offering, delivers Fluid Query for federated query
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company recently updated its BigInsights for Hadoop offering to version 4, and launched a new open source Open Platform with Apache Hadoop distribution based on the Open Data Platform.
Franz pitches 'semantic data lakes' to combine linked data and Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company might be best known for the semantic Web applications of its AllegroGraph database, but it sees an opportunity to help enterprises make sense of their data stored in Hadoop with what it is calling 'semantic data lakes.'
Zettaset looks to Open Data Platform and NoSQL following switch to modular Hadoop security
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
Having adopted a modular approach for its Hadoop security and management technology, Zettaset is now looking to the Open Data Platform to provide an adoption driver. However, the company still faces several competitors, including an increasing number of Hadoop security specialists.
Domo emerges from stealth with cloud-based business management platform
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company emerged from stealth mode recently with 1,000 paying customers, 600 employees and a $2bn valuation. This is no ordinary business intelligence startup; given the breadth and depth of its offering, there's an argument that it shouldn't be considered a business intelligence startup at all.
Google launches Cloud Bigtable, high-performance NoSQL database-as-a-service
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The search giant's new NoSQL database service builds on one of the two research projects that kicked off the NoSQL database revolutions, combined with compatibility with Apache HBase.
Zoomdata promises to fuse data from multiple data stores for visual analysis
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The data exploration and visualization startup already allowed users to analyze data in numerous data stores. Now it is embedding Apache Spark to take its support for querying multiple data stores to the next level.
AtScale launches OLAP server designed to bring data in Hadoop to the BI masses
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
AtScale's CEO claims to have created the world's largest OLAP cube at Yahoo. He cofounded AtScale to bring the lessons learned to the wider world, and bring data stored in Hadoop to ordinary business users.
Teradata launches 'software defined' data warehouse, OLAP dashboard for Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company recently announced the launch of an OLAP engine for Hadoop via its Think Big services business, as well as what it is calling the Software-Defined Warehouse – the ability to separate a single Teradata database into several independent logical warehouses.
Qubole prepares for mainstream adoption of expanding Hadoop-based data analytics service
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The data processing/analytics-as-a-service provider is looking forward to the next stage of adoption, having raised its series B funding at the tail end of 2014 and expanded the data processing capabilities of its Qubole Data Service.
Haven provides safe ground for HP's Vertica and IDOL 'big data' assets
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company recently updated its Haven platform, comprised of the Vertica analytics database and IDOL unstructured data-processing engine, with advanced search and speech-to-text analytics.
Hortonworks highlights open source Hadoop differentiation with Ambari 2.0
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Everything the company does is open source, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't also pursue its own self-interest. The latest update to Hortonworks' Ambari Hadoop management project is a case in point.
CenturyLink Orchestrates a move into database as a service
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
CenturyLink has continued to add more specialized services to its existing cloud assets with the purchase of multi-model database-as-a-service provider Orchestrate. The deal should complement the company's Hadoop-as-a-service offering.
Orient Technologies benefits from growing interest in multi-model NoSQL databases
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company behind the hybrid document/graph database now has more than 100 paying customers, and recently debuted a distributed multi-master architecture with the launch of OrientDB 2.0.
AWS leverages Amazon's analytics experience for machine-learning service
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Amazon Machine Learning will allow applications to access predictive analytics through an API, without developers having to develop complex machine-learning algorithms from scratch. It's another powerful capability in AWS's market-leading toolbox for application developers.
WANdisco launches Fusion: active-active replication across multiple Hadoop distros
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The latest iteration of WANdisco's peer-to-peer replication technology for Hadoop enables active-active replication of data between clusters of different Hadoop distributions, as well as EMC's Isilon.
Percona expands MySQL portfolio and enters MongoDB market with purchase of Tokutek
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
Percona has acquired Tokutek in a move that provides some consolidation in the MySQL database market and takes the company into the MongoDB database segment for the first time in its nine-year history. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hortonworks buys SequenceIQ to boost Hadoop on public and private clouds
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
Hortonworks has announced the acquisition of Hadoop cloud provisioning and management provider SequenceIQ. The move should boost Hadoop's applicability for public and private clouds, as well as containerized deployment.
Informatica maintains state of independence with $5.3bn LBO
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
The company's purchase by private equity shop Permira and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board should enable it to maintain the independence that is integral to its data integration and management business.
Tesora updates OpenStack Trove-based DBaaS platform, adding Oracle support
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Having pivoted to focus on the Trove database service for OpenStack a little more than a year ago, Tesora is now established as the primary Trove developer and support provider. Next stop: customers.
ClearStory expounds 'data lake' role with data-harmonization enhancements
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company may be better known for its visual-analysis capabilities, but ClearStory's underlying discovery, harmonization and governance functionality could play a key role in turning 'data lakes' from concept to reality.
Alation takes flight with $9m series A, launches Data Accessibility Platform
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company's platform brings Google-like crawling capabilities to information management in order to reduce time to analysis. This follows on the heels of its recent $9m series A funding round.
Under new management, Aerospike reaps the benefits from open source NoSQL strategy
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The high-performance NoSQL database specialist recently appointed a new CEO to drive further growth and build on the adoption and community engagement benefits of its move to an open strategy source in mid-2014.
Cloudera conjures up use-case focus to drive the next phase of Hadoop adoption
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company wants to be known as more than just a Hadoop distributor and is looking to drive the next wave of adoption by focusing on business use cases and applications, rather than the underlying storage and processing engine.
EMC unites Isilon, VCE, Pivotal, VMware offerings for Federation Business Data Lake
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has announced the launch of the Federation Business Data Lake, which combines a variety of technologies from across EMC and the various EMC Federation companies, as well as third-party partners, to provide a unified, integrated stack for large-scale big-data storage, processing and analytics.
Neo Technology boosts speed and scale with latest update to Neo4j graph database
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has introduced a new cost-based optimizer and updated its approach to page caching and transaction logs to boost the scalability and performance of Neo4j. It also recently raised a $20m series C funding round.
Couchbase promises multi-workload scalability with planned NoSQL database update
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The distributed NoSQL database provider has previewed a new capability called Multi-Dimensional Scaling that will enable its NoSQL database to scale multiple workloads independently.


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