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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

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.
Reltio rethinks master data management, raises $10m for data-driven apps business
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The new company, which was founded by Informatica and Siperian alumni, is rethinking master data management for the 'big data' age, delivered in the form of graph-based data-driven applications and a cloud delivery model.
Citus Data prepares CitusDB 4.0, now a massively parallel PostgreSQL analytic database
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The vendor has changed its positioning since our last update, evolving CitusDB from being a scalable analytics database predominantly designed to bring SQL analytics to Hadoop to offering a stand-alone massively parallel columnar analytics database that is PostgreSQL-compatible.
ArangoDB puts multi-model DBaaS plans on hold, targets Mesosphere integration
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The multi-model NoSQL specialist has confirmed the details of its seed funding round and discussed its plans to focus on integration with Mesosphere for private database-as-a-service deployments.
MongoLab prepares Telemetry performance-analysis service for hosted MongoDB databases
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company is preparing a new service to enable users to analyze historical performance data from its MongoDB database hosting service, and has its eyes on expanding its purview beyond hosted databases.
Pivotal goes all-out open source for 'big data,' launches Hadoop alliance with Hortonworks
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Rumors of the demise of Pivotal's Hadoop distribution have been greatly exaggerated. The company will open-source its Greenplum Database, GemFire data grid and HAWQ SQL-on-Hadoop offerings and has entered into a strategic Hadoop relationship with Hortonworks.
MapR outlines wider vision, co-launches Myriad project to unite Hadoop, Mesos and Docker
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company has updated its Hadoop distribution with active-active clustering and helped launch a project to unite Apache YARN and Apache Mesos, to drive its vision of an architecture for data-centric infrastructure.
Tamr launches vertical strategy as it builds business in self-service data preparation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Having launched into the self-service data-preparation sector last summer, Tamr has taken the wraps off a freshly minted release of its data management stack and served up industry-specific apps to kick off its vertical strategy.
MemSQL connects with Apache Spark for real-time in-memory analytics
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Its Spark Connector provides in-memory analytics as a complement to its in-memory operational database and flash- or disk-based historical data store. MemSQL is evolving to address the breadth and depth of enterprise data-processing requirements.
MongoDB outlines multi-model vision following funding and database update
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company's recent acquisition of WiredTiger potentially gives it the wherewithal to expand beyond the document model and become a multi-model NoSQL (and even SQL) database.
DataStax acquires Aurelius, adding graph support to distributed NoSQL database
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
The primary commercial company behind the Apache Cassandra database has announced its first acquisition, snapping up distributed graph database specialist Aurelius for an undisclosed amount. With the deal, DataStax becomes a multi-model NoSQL database provider.
Beyond polyglot persistence: NoSQL officially enters the multi-model age
MIS Spotlight - February, 2015
Multi-model NoSQL databases have been around for some time, but recent moves by MongoDB and DataStax confirm that the multi-model approach is the future of NoSQL.
Mea culpa: Investment funding for Hadoop and NoSQL in 2014
TDM Sector IQ - January, 2015
Last year, we predicted a quiet year for Hadoop and NoSQL financing. We were way off. The level of investment funding in Hadoop and NoSQL vendors more than doubled in 2014, reaching more than $1bn. In this report, we'll explain what actually happened, and why.
Altiscale to scale up its Hadoop-as-a-service operations following $30m series B round
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company has a new COO, as well as substantial financial investment, as it seeks to expand adoption of its Hadoop-as-a-service offering among mainstream enterprises. The funding is indicative of the long-term opportunity and the steps Altiscale needs to take to fulfill it.
Mixed-workload Hadoop clusters hold the key for Pepperdata - and vice versa
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company stands to gain from mixed-workload Hadoop cluster adoption, but its Hadoop performance optimization and management capabilities could also be key to driving that adoption. It may also be an interesting acquisition target for Hadoop distributors or infrastructure management companies.
DataStax expands Spark support as Cassandra matures as a distributed data platform
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The company recently updated its DataStax Enterprise offering, based on the Apache Cassandra distributed NoSQL database. Apache Cassandra is proving its value as a distributed database for a variety of use cases, including – believe it or not – those in the financial services industry.
Redis Labs rides Redis Cloud adoption, prepares enhanced database offering
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster will be based on the Redis key value store as well as the same dynamic clustering technology that underpins the company's Redis Cloud as-a-service offering, which continues to attract customers.
Teradata acquires archiving specialist RainStor, its fourth tuck-in deal this year
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2014
The purchase of RainStor, which was already a partner, will boost Teradata's 'big data' portfolio, based on its recent positioning as an archive application for Hadoop. Teradata will continue to support existing RainStor customers.
FoundationDB rewrites multi-model database to deliver transactional performance goals
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
With a new version of the core key value store technology underlying its multi-model database, FoundationDB is claiming to be able to deliver over 14 million random writes per second, an impressive claim likely to drive increased attention.
On-premises: database as a service's new hope?
MIS Spotlight - December, 2014
Maybe everything will eventually end up on the public cloud, but for database as a service, private cloud is likely to provide the next stage of adoption. Expect greater interest in private DBaaS in 2015 as more enterprises evaluate their next-generation strategic data platforms.
Treasure Data lands marquee customers for expanded data processing service
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Pioneer Corp, MUJI and Yahoo Japan are among the recent adopters of Treasure Data's Hadoop-based data processing and analytics managed service. The company appears to be building on success in emerging industries and stands to gain from growing interest in IoT workloads.
Xplenty emphasizes data processing as a service, prepares private cloud offering
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company initially described itself as a Hadoop-as-a-service provider but has found that a higher-level data-processing-as-a-service positioning resonates better with early adopters.
Boosted by licensing shift, MarkLogic updates enterprise NoSQL database to version 8
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The latest version of the company's 'enterprise NoSQL' database adds JavaScript and native JSON support, as well as bitemporal data management and improvements to existing support for RDF triples.
NuoDB swiftly updates its distributed database to address both transactions and analytics
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
With the Swifts release of its distributed relational database, the company is positioning to support analytic workloads for the first time, in addition to transactional, operational applications.
Hortonworks puts its Hadoop strategy to the test with planned IPO
TDM Debut IQ - November, 2014
The Hadoop distributor looks set to test investor confidence in its Apache Hadoop-related business strategy and focus on billings, having filed its S-1 ahead of a planned IPO. If it's successful, expect other Hadoop players to follow suit in 2015.
GridGain ignites In-Memory Data Fabric via new Apache incubator project
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company's core in-memory data processing technology has been proposed as an Apache project, and it has combined its various commercial editions a its In-Memory Data Fabric offering.
Koverse emerges with Accumulo-based platform for data-driven business applications
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
Founded by the creators of the Apache Accumulo NoSQL database, the company has built a platform for unifying, profiling, indexing, searching and analyzing data from multiple sources, based on Hadoop and Apache Accumulo.


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