Real-time Analytics News for the Week Ending February 17


In this week’s real-time analytics news: NVIDIA launched the RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU, which delivers the latest AI and compute technology to compact workstations.

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NVIDIA launched the RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU, which is designed to power advanced computational workflows. The new GPU delivers the latest AI and compute technology to compact workstations, offering up to 1.5x the performance of the previous-generation RTX A2000 12GB in professional workflows. Powered by NVIDIA RTX technology, the new GPU blends performance, versatility, and AI capabilities to speed compute-intensive AI and other workflows.

Real-time analytics news in brief

Fujitsu announced a new company-wide AI strategy that focuses on deepening human–AI collaboration, presenting a vision of AI as a trusted assistant that supports and augments productivity and creativity. As the first step of this new strategy, Fujitsu plans to offer Fujitsu Data Intelligence PaaS as part of its Fujitsu Uvance portfolio and launch consulting services for AI and related technologies starting March 2024 for users in Japan and from April 2024 to the global market.

Fujitsu will further commercialize Fujitsu Kozuchi, Fujitsu’s dedicated AI platform that allows users to accelerate the testing and deployment of advanced AI technologies, as one of its key AI commercial offerings and will focus on the integration of AI capabilities into solutions for the four cross-industry vertical areas of Fujitsu Uvance.

Alight introduced Alight LumenAI, the company’s next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) engine. Alight LumenAI bolsters the Alight Worklife platform by merging new and existing AI capabilities into a unified ecosystem. Alight LumenAI enables a more connected and intelligent experience across all Alight Worklife solutions via new technical capabilities, including integration of at-scale generative AI into Alight Worklife’s new and existing AI, a unified view of each individual employee across multiple AI touchpoints, and accelerated integration of external data sources into AI decision-making. 

Alteryx announced an expanded partnership and product integrations with the Databricks Data Intelligence Platform. With the expanded integration, Databricks customers can launch a free trial of the Alteryx Analytics Cloud from the Alteryx tile in the Databricks Partner Connect menu. Users can also now execute Alteryx Designer Cloud workflows using Databricks SQL and SQL Serverless – enabling more users to leverage Databricks to run all SQL and business intelligence (BI) applications at scale. Additionally, Alteryx now supports Databricks on AWS and Azure.

Anaconda announced a new partnership with IBM to embed Anaconda’s curated repository of open-source Python packages into IBM watsonx. Through this partnership, IBM watsonx users gain access to Anaconda’s base open-source software (OSS) repository as well as the option to upgrade to Anaconda’s premium repository with advanced security features for the enterprise.

Brevo announced the launch of its Brevo Customer Data Platform (CDP) and a mobile push following the recent acquisitions of WonderPush and Octolis. Supported by 300+ pre-built integrations and the ability to plug into existing business intelligence tools, Brevo CDP unifies data from multiple sources to provide ready-to-use data that is reliable and consistent across platforms. In addition, Brevo is announcing new AI functions, expanding capabilities to better understand customer habits and drive personalized multi-channel campaigns at scale.

Confluent announced the Confluent Migration Accelerator, a new program in partnership with the Confluent partner ecosystem to jumpstart organizations’ data streaming journeys. As enterprises look to migrate away from Apache Kafka and traditional streaming infrastructure (e.g., messaging systems), Confluent’s Migration Accelerator will lower the barrier to migration. Launch partners for the Confluent Migration Accelerator include Amazon Web Services (AWS), EPAM, Google Cloud, iLink, Improving, Microsoft Azure, Platformatory, Psyncopate, CloudMile, Ness, and SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH.

Conversica announced the addition of a new Contextual Response Generation to its Conversica Chat solution, an enterprise chat offering that leverages GPT and Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) capabilities. The new Conversica Chat is trained solely on customer data, removing the need for fine-tuning public models. This technology leverages RAG capabilities to use customer-specific data, delivering accurate, dynamic chat conversations that intelligently qualify leads through natural human-like conversations.

Diagrid announced a self-service trial of Conductor Enterprise, a Software as a Service (SaaS) that helps manage, upgrade, and monitor Dapr on Kubernetes clusters. Specifically, the self-service trial gives organizations using the CNCF project Dapr software an easy on-ramp to try Conductor, which previously required onboarding support from Diagrid. Whether users are running Dapr and Kubernetes on their local machine, on-premises, or in the cloud, Conductor serves as a single control center for all Dapr-enabled clusters. Conductor also comes with enterprise support from Diagrid for Dapr open source.

KNIME announced a new software as a service (SaaS) offering that lets users run and automate workflows on KNIME Community Hub. The latest release not only allows teams to share and collaborate privately on visual workflows built using the KNIME Analytics Platform but also lets them automate those workflows, run them ad-hoc, or run them as data apps. Available as a SaaS offering, teams pay only when they run workflows, and no IT setup is required.

Kong announced a suite of open-source AI plugins for Kong Gateway 3.6 that can turn any Kong Gateway deployment into an AI Gateway, offering support for multi-Language Learning Models (LLMs) integration. By upgrading to Kong Gateway 3.6, users can access a suite of six new plugins that are entirely focused on AI and LLM usage. This will enable developers who want to integrate one or more LLMs into their products to be more productive and ship AI capabilities faster while offering architects and platform teams a secure solution at the same time.

Next Pathway announced the launch of its next-generation SHIFT Product Platform, which incorporates generative AI to improve the speed, coverage, and accuracy by which legacy workloads are migrated to cloud targets, such as the Microsoft Azure Platform, Microsoft Fabric, the Snowflake Data Cloud, and the Google Cloud Platform. Specifically, the solution leverages generative AI to improve complex tasks to complete three fundamental steps (migration planning intelligence, code translation, and testing) in such a cloud migration. 

ngrok unveiled early access to its API gateway-as-a-service that marks a major advancement in how APIs are delivered. This next-generation API gateway solution offers enhanced capabilities such as JWT authentication and authorization to strengthen API security, global rate limiting to ensure fairness among all clients, and a flexible traffic policy engine that allows fine-grained traffic routing, all powered by a global network for production API traffic.

OneTrust announced its newest platform features that make it easier for customers to govern their use of artificial intelligence (AI) and accelerate AI innovation, ensure the responsible use of data across the entire data lifecycle, and achieve compliance program efficiency through enhanced automation and intelligence. Major platform updates include new AI governance automation rules; integrations with AWS SageMaker, AzureML, and Google Vertex for AI governance; AI risk assessments in AI governance; and more.

Pegasystems introduced Pega GenAI Blueprint, a collaborative application that combines the power of generative AI with Pega’s industry best practices to speed up the app design process. Using the solution, users briefly describe the app’s purpose, and the intuitive interface guides them by laying out the workflow elements and captures all feedback while facilitating collaboration. The Pega GenAI engine leverages Pega’s decades of industry knowledge to design optimized application blueprints. Once the design is finalized, the blueprint feeds into the Pega Platform, transforming it into an enterprise-grade, cloud-architected workflow application.  

StarRocks announced that LeetCode, the online coding platform, will leverage the StarRocks platform to power LeetCode Rewind. The new feature allows users to replay past attempts, analyze code execution step-by-step, and gain deeper insights into their strengths and weaknesses by tracking progress over time. This interactive experience capability is enabled due to the ability of the StarRocks data platform to handle a massive influx of historical code submissions while providing instant responses to millions of users simultaneously.

Traefik Labs announced the first Release Candidate for Traefik Proxy v3, its widely adopted open-source project that now adds support for popular, emerging technologies, including WebAssembly (Wasm), OpenTelemetry, and Kubernetes Gateway API. The Wasm support – increasingly popular for serverless and containerized applications – is a contribution from the user community and offers high-performance, language-agnostic plugins, and extensions, making Traefik Proxy highly portable and customizable for diverse cloud-native environments.

VAST Data announced a partnership with Run:ai offering a full-stack solution encompassing compute, storage, and data management. Together, VAST and Run:ai are addressing the critical needs of enterprises embarking on large-scale AI initiatives. Run:ai streamlines accelerated NVIDIA AI infrastructure across private, public, and hybrid clouds, while boosting AI project efficiency through dynamic workload scheduling and GPU fractioning. For the data layer, the VAST Data Platform unifies storage, database, and containerized compute engine services into a single, scalable software platform built from the ground up to power AI and GPU-accelerated tools in modern data centers and clouds.

Vectara released its latest module, Vectara Chat, designed to empower companies to build advanced chatbot systems with the GenAI platform. Vectara Chat is an end-to-end solution for businesses constructing their own chatbot using domain-specific data, minimizing biases from open-source training data. Unlike existing offerings that require users to navigate multiple platforms and services, Vectara Chat provides a seamless experience without compromising control.

Voltron Data announced the release of Ibis 8.0, a Python dataframe API that allows developers to run code across a myriad of data platforms easily. The new release has its first dedicated streaming backends for Apache Flink and RisingWave, offering a variety of batch and now streaming execution engines unified with a single Python dataframe API.

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About Salvatore Salamone

Salvatore Salamone is a physicist by training who has been writing about science and information technology for more than 30 years. During that time, he has been a senior or executive editor at many industry-leading publications including High Technology, Network World, Byte Magazine, Data Communications, LAN Times, InternetWeek, Bio-IT World, and Lightwave, The Journal of Fiber Optics. He also is the author of three business technology books.

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