A few days ago, I commented on an article about Oracle's shopping spree and someone responded to me about the possibility of Dell acquiring Aster Data. Worth a quick read: http://seekingalpha.com/article/223107-winners-and-losers-in-data-warehousing. Here, Ben Kolada at Seeking Alpha indicates that Aster Data is a premier company in the data warehousing space and could be an acquisition target for Dell. Interesting though that of the 3 deals that Ben discusses:
1. Microsoft acquiring DATAllegro
2. EMC acquiring Greenplum
3. Teradata acquiring Kickfire
Teradata seems to have paid the least. Maybe a continuation from the days when Mark Hurd was running the company and keeping a tight rein on spending. Also, Teradata is further ahead in the high end, big data space than Microsoft or EMC so they don't have to make as much of a splash.