Real-time Analytics News for the Week Ending March 2


In this week’s real-time analytics news: IBM and Microsoft separately announced efforts involving Mistral AI.

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IBM announced the availability of the open-source Mixtral-8x7B large language model (LLM), developed by Mistral AI, on its watsonx AI and data platform. In particular, IBM offers an optimized version of Mixtral-8x7B that, in internal testing, was able to increase throughput — or the amount of data that can be processed in a given time period —when compared to the regular model.1 This is achieved through a process called quantization, which reduces model size and memory requirements for LLMs and, in turn, can speed up processing to help lower costs and energy consumption.

Microsoft announced a multi-year partnership with Mistral AI, where Microsoft provides Mistral AI with access to Azure’s cutting-edge AI infrastructure to accelerate the development and deployment of their next-generation large language models (LLMs). The partnership will allow Mistral AI to unlock new commercial opportunities, expand to global markets, and foster ongoing research collaboration.

Real-time analytics news in brief

Airbyte announced the availability of PyAirbyte, an open-source Python library that makes it easy to move data across API sources and destinations by enabling Airbyte resources to be created and managed using code rather than the user interface (UI). With the solution, Python users gain access to Airbyte’s more than 250 data connectors – rather than having to build and maintain those themselves.

Cohesity announced Cohesity Gaia, an AI-powered enterprise search assistant that brings retrieval augmented generation (RAG) AI and large language models (LLMs) to high-quality backup data within Cohesity environments. (Cohesity Gaia will be made generally available on March 15.) The conversational AI assistant enables users to ask questions and receive answers by accessing and analyzing vast pools of enterprise data.

Couchbase introduced vector search as a new feature in Couchbase Capella Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) and Couchbase Server to help businesses bring to market a new class of AI-powered adaptive applications that engage users in a hyper-personalized and contextualized way. While vector-only databases aim to solve the challenges of processing and storing data for LLMs, having multiple standalone solutions adds complexity to the enterprise IT stack and slows application performance. Couchbase’s multipurpose capabilities eliminate that friction and deliver a simplified architecture to improve the accuracy of LLM results.

Datometry announced the general availability of OpenDB v2.0 via AWS Marketplace. OpenDB combines Datometry’s Hyper-Q platform with PostgreSQL v16.x to provide customers with a drop-in replacement for Oracle databases. With OpenDB v2, Datometry makes an enhanced version available, including additional feature support and customer feedback facilities.

DiffusionData announced that Diffusion Cloud is now available free on a no-obligation one-month trial with no deployment costs. Diffusion Cloud is used by companies worldwide and simplifies and speeds data-driven, real-time application development, reduces operational costs and economically delivers hyper-personalized data. To support new sign-ups, DiffusionData will make service engineers available if a trialist requires advice during the set-up process.

Gathr announced GathrIQ, a new feature for its Gen AI fabric platform. GathrIQ is Gathr’s Gen AI copilot that allows users to chat in natural language to generate code snippets in Python and Scala languages. Similarly, users can generate complex SQL queries and expressions to search and refine their data easily. It also helps users discover data assets and manage their data better with auto metadata generation. It is an important feature as it saves significant time and effort in finding the right data assets for building ML and AI applications.

Informatica announced that it is launching Informatica Cloud Data Access Management (CDAM), a solution based on Informatica’s 2023 acquisition of Privitar and its data access management products. CDAM integrates with the company’s Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC) to offer secure and automated AI and analytics use cases. With CDAM, data teams have universal, automated controls at their disposal to govern data access, ensuring data is not only secure and private but also readily available.

JFrog announced a new technology integration with Qwak that brings machine learning models alongside traditional software development processes to streamline, accelerate, and scale the secure delivery of ML applications. Uniting JFrog Artifactory and Xray with Qwak’s ML Platform brings ML apps alongside all other software development components in a modern DevSecOps and MLOps workflow, enabling data scientists, ML engineers, Developers, Security, and DevOps teams to easily build ML apps quickly, securely, and in compliance with all regulatory guidelines.

KX announced substantial improvements to kdb+, the foundation of the company’s ability to bring time-oriented data insights and generative AI capabilities to its customers. The latest enhancements to kdb+ are designed to efficiently manage and analyze the vast datasets needed for generative AI with unparalleled efficiency and scalability. As the powerhouse behind the kdb Insights suite and KDB.AI, kdb+ provides organizations with the agility to navigate rapidly fluctuating market dynamics through expedited decision-making processes.

Lantronix announced Percepxion, its new Cloud IoT Edge Solutions platform. Percepxion is pre-configured into Lantronix’s IoT gateways, routers, trackers and switches to provide secure, comprehensive device lifecycle management. The Percepxion platform efficiently scales edge deployments from regional to global and is managed through an intuitive single pane of glass. Remote installation of Lantronix devices includes zero-touch automated provisioning managed through Percepxion.

NTT Corporation (NTT) and Red Hat, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Fujitsu, jointly developed a solution to enhance and extend the potential for real-time artificial intelligence (AI) data analysis at the edge. The work is part of the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) initiative. Using technologies developed by the IOWN Global Forum and built on the foundation of Red Hat OpenShift, the solution has received an IOWN Global Forum’s Proof of Concept (PoC) recognition for its real-world viability and use cases.

Onna Technologies announced that its data management platform has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud Expertise and is now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Onna’s data management platform runs on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), enabling teams to centralize data from communication and chat platforms, respond to eDiscovery requests, prepare for future data needs, and innovate with AI. 

OVHcloud US announced the launch of OVHcloud Managed Databases. These services offer OVHcloud US clients a configure-and-forget solution to simplify the set-up and management of cloud databases. With OVHcloud US Managed Database services, the company takes care of the database infrastructure and administration, including set-up, backup, scalability, and security. That saves companies time and money so they can focus on developing and deploying cloud-based applications.

Rossum unveiled Rossum Aurora, a next-generation AI engine to understand documents and streamline automation. At the core of Rossum Aurora is a proprietary Large Language Model (LLM) created specifically for transactional documents. This model is trained on one of the largest datasets in the industry, containing millions of documents with detailed annotations. Through its three levels of training, Rossum Aurora achieves human-level accuracy almost instantly while being designed to provide enterprise-grade safety.

SambaNova Systems announced Samba-1, a one trillion (1T) parameter generative AI model for the enterprise, which comprises 50+ of the highest quality open-source generative AI Models. Samba-1 is the first one trillion parameter model for the regulated enterprise that is private, secure, and more efficient than any other model of its size. Available within the SambaNova Suite, Samba-1 includes a growing list of specialty AI models that are quick to deploy, manage, and maintain.

ServiceNowHugging Face, and NVIDIA announced the release of StarCoder2, a family of open-access large language models (LLMs) for code generation. StarCoder2 was developed by the BigCode community and stewarded by ServiceNow and Hugging Face. Trained on 619 programming languages, StarCoder2 can be further trained and embedded in enterprise applications to perform specialized tasks such as application source code generation, workflow generation, text summarization, and more.

UiPath and Google Cloud announced an expanded partnership to extend customers’ ability to transform their enterprises with AI-powered automation. UiPath, a Premier Level partner of Google Cloud, is now available on Google Cloud Marketplace, making it easier for Google Cloud customers to purchase the UiPath Business Automation Platform and reliably deploy and scale their automation initiatives on Google Cloud infrastructure.

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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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