451 Research - Biography

Matt Aslett
Research Director

As Research Director Matt has overall responsibility for the data platforms and analytics research coverage, which includes operational and analytic databases, Hadoop, grid/cache, stream processing, search-based data platforms, data integration, data quality, data management, analytics, and advanced analytics. Matt?s own primary area of focus includes data management, reporting and analytics, and exploring how the various data platforms and analytics technology sectors are converging in the form of next-generation data platforms.

Prior to joining 451 Research in 2007, Matt was Deputy Editor of monthly magazine Computer Business Review and ComputerWire's daily news service. Matt started in IT journalism in 1997 as a staff writer with monthly magazine Unix and NT News, where he became editor in 2000. Matt holds a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University in the UK.

Reports by this Analyst

H2O.ai raises $20m series B to capitalize on rapid open source machine-learning growth
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Adoption of the vendor's open source machine-learning software is growing rapidly. H2O.ai recently announced a $20m series B funding round to help it scale up to meet demand.
Pivotal (almost) completes open source data products makeover with Greenplum Database
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company has made its Greenplum Database available using the Apache open source license, all but completing the shift to open source for its data-related products.
Informatica completes v10 release with Big Data Management launch
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company's Big Data Management offering includes Blaze, a YARN-native high-performance execution engine for complex batch processing of data in Apache Hadoop. Meanwhile, its core data management offerings have all been updated to version 10.
Zaloni expands Hadoop data management purview with self-service data preparation
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Zaloni has expanded its portfolio with the addition of Mica, a self-service data preparation offering that complements its Bedrock Hadoop-focused data management platform.
Will it blend? Pentaho updates integration suite with focus on the analytic data pipeline
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Hitachi Data Systems' Pentaho has updated its data-integration and analytics platform to version 6.0 with a focus on the analytic data pipeline and making the 'big blend' a reality.
Paxata celebrates Cisco partnership with updated data-preparation offering
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Following the announcement of a reseller deal with Cisco, Paxata has updated its self-service data-preparation offering with the Fall '15 release, delivering bi-directional integration with business intelligence tools.
TIBCO targets 'analytics for all' with plan for role-based workspaces, analytic fabric
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company has begun to articulate an ambitious plan to create a new offering designed to address the estimated 75% of business users who don't use business-intelligence tools.
Progress focuses on integration to grow data connectivity business
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company is looking to expand its data connectivity and integration business unit with a greater focus on the latter, including data discovery, preparation and integration.
Diyotta improves Spark support for renamed Modern Data Integration Suite
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The data-integration startup has released version 3.5 of its agent-based data-integration software, now known as the Modern Data Integration Suite, featuring expanded support for Apache Spark to generate and manage Spark resilient distributed datasets.
StreamSets sets sights on data sanitization following $12.5m series A
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Startup StreamSets aims to make it easier for enterprises to ingest and sanitize data in order to help accelerate data analysis and support real-time decision-making.
In massive play for storage and more, Dell bets $63.1bn on EMC to reshape IT landscape
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
Even as rival IT vendors are slimming down, Dell has bulked up with the massive $63.1bn purchase of EMC – the largest pure 'tech' deal of the past 15 years. The combination will create a behemoth, with multibillion-dollar businesses selling infrastructure and services even as many IT buyers are shifting their spending to the cloud.
Clearlake Capital acquires mainframe/big-data-integration specialist Syncsort
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
The investment firm has expanded its software portfolio with the purchase of Syncsort, which is best known for its mainframe expertise but has a growing interest in the big-data-integration sector.
Splunk scales up, as well as out, with version 6.3
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company recently launched version 6.3 of its eponymous data platform for machine data. Among a host of updates is support for multiple processor cores, enabling Splunk to scale up, as well as out, for improved performance.
Couchbase adds SQL to NoSQL with Couchbase Server 4.0
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Version 4.0 of the Couchbase Server NoSQL document database adds multi-dimensional scalability and global secondary indexes, improved cross-datacenter replication, and general availability of N1QL, Couchbase's SQL-based query language.
Objectivity launches ThingSpan 'information fusion' platform for fast data
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Objectivity is best known for its object database technology. The company launched a new strategic direction with ThingSpan, a platform for fusing data from the Internet of Things and historical data sources that builds on its object-oriented and graph database technologies, as well as Apache Hadoop and Spark.
IBM ties its data integration and quality wares to Hadoop with YARN
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company's InfoSphere Information Server can now run natively on YARN, enabling customers to use its data processing engine to take full advantage of data in Hadoop.
OpenText targets citizen data scientists with Big Data Analytics in the Cloud
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
OpenText recently introduced its Big Data Analytics managed cloud service. The service illustrates how the company plans to bring together assets acquired along with Actuate with its existing capabilities, not least of which are its 30-plus datacenters around the world and its cloud infrastructure.
Talend adds Spark to data-integration platform with version 6.0
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The vendor has updated its data-integration platform to version 6, including the ability to generate native code for the Apache Spark in-memory engine, as well as creating what Talend calls a single 'data fabric' for data, application and cloud integration.
MapR adds JSON document support to its Hadoop-native NoSQL database
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The company has added support for JSON documents to its MapR-DB NoSQL database, enabling native storage and processing of JSON documents on its Hadoop distribution. The ability to store and process JSON documents is the result of an internal development project.
Cloudera introduces Kudu, a new Hadoop storage engine for fast analytics
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Kudu complements HDFS and HBase NoSQL database as an alternative for real-time analytics on rapidly changing data. Cloudera has also introduced RecordService, which is designed to provide unified access control and policy enforcement across the Hadoop ecosystem.
After $20m funding round, BlueData launches containerized Hadoop platform
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Having recently raised a $20m series C funding round, BlueData has updated its EPIC virtualization and management platform for Apache Hadoop to version 2.0, adding support for multi-host Hadoop deployments on Docker containers.
Hortonworks targets data in motion following $38.5m Onyara acquisition
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The acquisition of Onyara and its Apache NiFi technology complements Hortonworks' existing Hadoop portfolio by addressing the processing and analysis of data in motion, as well as at rest.
Paradigm4 seeks to raise SciDB's profile via IoT, fresh funding boost
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Paradigm4 has kept a low profile, but is growing and sees increasing demand for its capabilities driven by the Internet of Things. Expect the company to raise a fresh round of funding to help grow its profile during 2016.
Media publishing/cable conglomerate Advance Communications pays $500m for 1010data
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2015
The diversified media company, best known for its Condé Nast portfolio of magazines, plans to run newly acquired data analytics-as-a-service provider 1010data as an independent subsidiary, while providing resources required to expand adoption.
With Redis creator on board and $15m series B, Redis Labs claims role as THE Redis company
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company has raised $15m series B funding to help build a commercial business around the Redis database. It has also hired Salvatore Sanfilippo, who created Redis and continues to lead the development of the open source NoSQL database.
InterSystems touts multi-model database credentials, seeks developer-led adoption
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
It may be an object database at heart, but InterSystems can make a legitimate claim to offer a multi-model database given Caché's support for SQL and growing support for JSON documents.
IBM rewrites Cloud Data Services portfolio with acquisition of Compose
TDM Deal Analysis - July, 2015
IBM has added managed MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB services to its existing dashDB and Cloudant offerings with the purchase of Compose. The move shows that its embrace of NoSQL does not start and stop with the Cloudant business it bought early last year.
Cloudera launches Ibis project to unite Python and Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
What do you get when you cross a snake, a bird, pandas, an elephant and an antelope? You get a new Cloudera Labs project promising to improve statistical analysis on the Hadoop data-processing framework.
Netezza alumni launch Cazena - a managed 'big-data-as-a-service' offering
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The founders of Cazena are looking to do for managed cloud-based data processing what they previously did for data-warehousing appliances with Netezza.
Six-year-old NoSQL reaches a tipping point
TDM Sector IQ - July, 2015
It has now been six years since the first NoSQL 'meetup' provided an identity for what was previously a loose collection of non-relational database technologies. The NoSQL sector has come a long way since then – where will it go next?
Teradata adds configurability, support for Cloudera to latest Appliance for Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Teradata has rethought its Hadoop appliance strategy, adding configurability to handle a variety of workload requirements as well as support for Cloudera and Hortonworks distributions. It has also streamlined the upgrade process.
Stratio layers event processing and data visualization onto Spark-based data platform
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Spanish big-data platform provider Stratio is quickly growing its headcount and establishing a presence in the US for its Spark-based big-data platform, now with added event-processing and data-visualization capabilities.
With $8.1m series B, JethroData visualizes partner-led approach to SQL-on-Hadoop adoption
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
JethroData is differentiated in the SQL-on-Hadoop market in that it went for an index-based rather than full-scan approach, which makes it an ideal engine for interactive visual analysis of data in Hadoop, something that hasn't gone unnoticed by the likes of Tableau and Qlik.
Meet the Flocker: ClusterHQ delivers container data management for Docker
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
How do you run a database that is designed to be persistent in a container, as well as disposable? ClusterHQ believes it has come up with the answer with Flocker.
Zaloni offers Bedrock as the foundation for managed Hadoop data lakes
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The Bedrock Data Management Platform from Zaloni enables users to ingest, organize and prepare data for analysis in Hadoop. The company is positioning it to be the foundation for turning the data-lake concept into a reality.
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.