Vancouver, BC – March 4, 2011 – Simba Technologies Inc., industry’s choice for relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity, announced today that Aster Data has chosen its SimbaEngine ODBC Software Development Kit (SDK) to build an enhanced ODBC driver and an ADO.NET data provider for the nCluster analytics platform. Aster Data has also engaged Simba to build a custom configuration cartridge to connect nCluster to Microsoft Analysis Services via the ADO.NET data connectivity standard. The new data connectivity enables Aster Data’s customers to connect any ODBC-based Business Intelligence (BI) tool to nCluster for easy access and analysis of data, as well as provides seamless integration with Microsoft Analysis Services.

The new data connectivity solution replaces Aster Data’s existing open source ODBC driver with a new ODBC 3.52 compliant data driver, supporting advanced features and functionality in many popular BI applications like IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, SAP BusinessObjects, Tableau and many others.

To enable tight integration between Aster Data nCluster and Microsoft Analysis Services, Aster Data contracted Simba to build a custom Microsoft Analysis Services configuration cartridge containing data type mapping, and used SimbaEngine ODBC SDK to also implement the required ADO.NET data provider. Simba is the only company – other than Microsoft – that builds custom cartridges.

Cartridges are Microsoft’s mechanism for connecting from Analysis Services to an underlying Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). Cartridges optimize the connectivity between Analysis Services and the RDBMS with regard to performance and functionality. If you don’t have a cartridge for your RDBMS, Analysis Services either won’t work, or it won’t work in an optimized manner. Aster Data’s Simba-built cartridge enables optimized performance and seamless integration between Analysis Services and nCluster.

“Simba Technologies’ depth and understanding of data connectivity is the reason that we are able to connect our nCluster analytics platform to many BI products,” said Devendra Vidhani, Director of Engineering, Database and Ecosystem at Aster Data. “Simba applied its unique expertise to build Aster Data’s cartridge connecting to Analysis Services, as well as provided all the components we needed for standardized ODBC and ADO.NET connectivity. Simba’s support is very responsive and their solutions are right on target. Every time we try connecting a standards-based BI tool to nCluster, the connectivity just works.”

“Aster Data is an innovator in the expanding market for analysis of big data,” said Suzanne Hoffman, Vice President of Sales at Simba. “Simba’s data connectivity expertise and technology assists with Aster Data’s implementation of enhanced data access that is delivered directly to their customers.”

 About SimbaEngine ODBC SDK

SimbaEngine ODBC SDK provides 99% of the code required to build a custom ODBC 3.52 compliant data driver and a JDBC 3.0 compliant data driver, as well as a Microsoft-standard OLE DB data driver and ADO.NET data provider. SimbaEngine ODBC SDK also includes a full SQL engine, if required, for non-SQL data stores. Simba offers all of the components, including the SQL engine, in a single package with one simple fee. The SDK is ideally suited for software vendors, like Aster Data, that wish to add standards-based data connectivity to their products, opening up access and analysis of data for their customers through popular BI applications.

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 About Aster Data

Aster Data ( is a market leader in data management and advanced analytics for diverse and big data, enabling the powerful combination of cost-effective storage and ultra-fast analysis of relational and non-relational data.  Aster Data’s nCluster product was one of the first analytics platforms to incorporate MapReduce natively into the data warehouse, allowing for distributed processing of map and reduction operations.

 About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies ( is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access products, solutions and services for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba provides data connectivity solutions to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms. Simba’s data connectivity products support multiple interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XMLA), ADO, ADO.NET, ADOMD and ADOMD.NET.

Simba’s software is used worldwide. Its customers include leading independent software vendors and global enterprises like Aster Data, Microsoft®, Oracle®, Infor®, SAP® and Teradata®.

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