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Aster Data, a big data analytics software company is saying that it has received $30 million in new funds from existing investors and a new undisclosed strategic investor. David Cheriton who backed Google and VMWare as an angel investor is also investing in the company.

Investors are opening up their checkbooks for infrastructure companies with proven track records. Earlier today, cloud management platform, RightScale announced that it had snagged $25 million in new round of funding. And now, San Carlos, Calif.-based Aster Data, a big data management and analytics software company is saying that it’s received $30 million in new funds from existing investors including Sequoia Capital, JAFCO Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners and a new undisclosed strategic investor. David Cheriton, an angel investor who backed Google and VMWare in the past, is investing in the company.

The identity of the strategic partner would make this round more interesting (and we are digging into it) because without this partner, Aster Data seems to be the only player without a date at the Big Data dance. EMC already snapped up GreenPlum. IBM and Netezza are tying the knot and will be fearsome competitors to Aster Data. On the upside, Aster has a new CEO, Quentin Gallivan, and it’s seen its sales double every year since 2008. The company counts MySpace, Barnes & Noble and Akamai (a AKAM) as its customers.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Hewlett-Packard or Teradata took a run at the company, which would justify the large sum of  money being pumped into it.

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  1. Maybe it’s Dell. It has to do something, and there was speculation it might make a run at Netezza. Aster might actually be a better fit — it’s all about massive scalability on commodity boxes. Oh, and it already sells a DW appliance based on Dell hardware.

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    1. That would actually be a great move by Dell.

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  3. [...] then with EMC Greenplum; NetApp and ParAccel announced a partnership; Aster Data Systems announced another $30 million in funding; and Oracle rolled out its latest and greatest Exadata system. Add to this EMC’s [...]

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  4. [...] Data recently snagged $30 million in new funding from the likes of Sequoia Capital and a new undisclosed investor. Rumored valuation: somewhere [...]

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