In this week’s real-time analytics news: Google Cloud’s Next ’23 conference saw many announcements from the company and its partners.
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- Cloud TPUv5e, which is a Google Cloud scalable purpose-built AI accelerator.
- A3 VMs with NVIDIA H100 GPU, which enable organizations to achieve three times better training performance over prior generation A2.
- GKE Enterprise, which enables multi-cluster horizontal scaling required for the most demanding, mission-critical AI/ML workloads.
- Cross-Cloud Network, which is a global networking platform that helps customers connect and secure applications across clouds.
- Google Distributed Cloud (GDC), which is designed to meet the unique demands of organizations that want to run workloads at the edge or in their data centers. The GDC portfolio will bring AI to the edge with Vertex AI integrations and a new managed offering of AlloyDB Omni on GDC Hosted.
Beyond these infrastructure announcements, the company showcased its AI platform—Vertex AI—that enables customers to build, deploy, and scale machine learning models.
In addition to its own announcements, Google Cloud and NVIDIA announced new AI infrastructure and software for businesses to build and deploy massive models for generative AI and speed data science workloads. To that point, Google’s framework for building massive, large language models (LLMs), PaxML, is now optimized for NVIDIA accelerated computing.
Originally built to span multiple Google TPU accelerator slices, PaxML now enables developers to use NVIDIA H100 and A100 Tensor Core GPUs for advanced and fully configurable experimentation and scale. A GPU-optimized PaxML container is available immediately in the NVIDIA NGC software catalog. In addition, PaxML runs on JAX, which has been optimized for GPUs leveraging the OpenXLA compiler.
Additionally, the companies announced Google’s integration of serverless Spark with NVIDIA GPUs through Google’s Dataproc service. This will help data scientists speed up Apache Spark workloads to prepare data for AI development.
In another strategic partnership, Dun & Bradstreet announced it is collaborating with Google Cloud on generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) initiatives to drive innovation across multiple applications. Dun & Bradstreet will use Google Cloud’s gen AI platform, Vertex AI, as one of the technologies available for customer innovation powered by D&B.AI Labs. Launched in June 2023, D&B.AI Labs is a hub for organizations to pursue co-development of solutions tailored to specific business needs, while exploring the power of Dun & Bradstreet’s proprietary data and analytics, and the company’s ongoing application of gen AI and Large Language Models (LLMs), among other technologies.
Partners come out in force
The conference also yielded many announcements from Google Cloud partners. Some of the announcements were made at the conference, and others were made separately but during the week of the conference. These announcements include:
Alteryx announced that it is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud to provide Looker Studio users with native access to a free limited version of Alteryx Designer Cloud’s AI-powered data preparation capabilities and enhanced connectivity.
Arcion announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready — BigQuery, AlloyDB, and Cloud SQL — designations. Arcion’s native integrations with the three Google Cloud destinations allow businesses to replicate high-volume databases like Oracle, IBM Db2, SQL Server, SAP Sybase ASE, MySQL, and many more to power their modern analytics and AI applications with clean and real-time transactional data.
AtScale announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery Designation. As a result, AtScale can help Google Cloud customers build business intelligence and data science programs while leveraging the full flexibility and capability of Google Cloud BigQuery.
CData Software announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – Cloud SQLDesignation for Cloud SQL, Google Cloud’s fully managed relational database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server. The designation is important because CData provides enterprise data connectivity solutions that ingest live data from more than 250 applications, systems, and data sources directly into Cloud SQL to support analytics, reporting, and other business initiatives.
Confluent announced an expanded partnership with Google Cloud. Specifically, the deepened partnership aims to help companies access real-time insights at scale. The company also announced that it was named the Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Google Marketplace–Data and Analytics.
Dataddo announced that it has been recognized as a Cloud Ready Partner for its solution for automating connections between online services and BigQuery, AlloyDB, and Cloud SQL. The designations confirm that Dataddo has fine-tuned its platform to integrate with the abovementioned Google Cloud products and that its documentation has been enhanced to facilitate the onboarding of mutual customers.
Denodo announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – Cloud SQL designation. By earning this designation, Denodo demonstrated that the platform enables Cloud SQL customers to tightly integrate and manage their data for advanced analytics, data services, and data science projects on Google Cloud.
Exabeam announced it is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud in the development of generative artificial intelligence (AI) models in its cloud-native New-Scale SIEM product portfolio. As a Google Cloud partner, the collaborative development process on Google Cloud generative AI products will accelerate the design of AI-based security product enhancements for Exabeam.
Fivetran announced that it achieved Google Cloud Ready – Cloud SQL Designation for Cloud SQL, Google Cloud’s fully managed relational database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server, and was recognized as a launch partner in Google’s Data & AI Cloud for Marketing.
GitLab announced it is partnering to integrate GitLab’s capabilities with Google Cloud. The partnership combines GitLab’s source code management, planning, CI/CD workflow, advanced security, and compliance capabilities with the unified data plane in Google’s Cloud console and Artifact Registry.
Habu unveils generative AI capabilities on Google Cloud to create value from data clean rooms. Specifically, the offerings help enterprises access partner data securely through clean rooms to tune or train their own proprietary AI models with context that can only be provided in collaboration with partners.
Kubecost announced the general availability (GA) of Kubecost Cloud. This SaaS version of Kubecost provides customers with an easy way to gain complete visibility into their Kubernetes-related cloud costs and enables them to reduce waste with confidence. The company also announced the availability of Kubecost Cloud on Google Cloud Marketplace.
KX announced the native availability of kdb Insights and kdb Insights Enterprise on Google Cloud Marketplace. Customers can now accelerate AI, machine learning, IoT automation, and generative AI-powered applications on Google Cloud.
Qlik announced it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – Cloud SQL Designation for Cloud SQL for both Qlik Data Integration and Talend Data Fabric.
SAP SE announced an expanded partnership with Google Cloud to help enterprises harness the power of data and generative AI. The companies will combine their integrated open data cloud using SAP Datasphere with Vertex AI to launch new generative AI-powered industry solutions.
Striim announced Striim Cloud Mission Critical, a multi-node change data capture and data streaming platform, as a fully managed service on Google Cloud.
Thoughtworks announced it has become a Google Cloud Premier Partner in the Service Engagement Model. This is a result of Thoughtworks demonstrating a high level of capability and capacity with Google Cloud products, including specializations in data analytics and application development.
UiPath announced a new connector for Google Cloud. The UiPath Business Automation Platform connector for Google Cloud Vertex AI makes it easy to inject Generative AI outputs into automations by submitting prompts that return summaries, answers to questions, and classifications. The connector provides curated activities, offering users effortless access to the PaLM 2 large language model (LLM), including text generation.
Vaultree announced a collaboration with Google Cloud SQL and that they have successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – Cloud SQL designation. With the integration of Vaultree’s Fully Functional Data In Use Encryption (FFDUE) into Google Cloud SQL, businesses can now enjoy a high level of data security in the cloud.
Real-time analytics news in brief
AI21 Labs launched an upgrade for Wordtune, transforming the company’s original consumer tool into an all-in-one platform with multiple features for generative AI reading, writing, and knowledge control assistance. The enhanced version of Wordtune is designed to enable professional users, in addition to consumers, to enhance text-based tasks through a variety of new tools.
Couchbase announced it is introducing generative AI capabilities into its Database-as-a-Service Couchbase Capella to enhance developer productivity and accelerate time to market for modern applications. The new capability called Capella iQ enables developers to write SQL++ and application-level code more quickly by delivering recommended sample code.
Dell Technologies announced the global availability of Dell NativeEdge, its edge operations software platform that simplifies how customers deploy, manage, and secure their edge infrastructure and applications. Dell is also growing its partner and OEM customer ecosystem to help organizations use Dell NativeEdge to simplify the orchestration and expansion of their edge environments.
Descope announced the availability of third-party connectors that enable app developers to create and customize entire user journeys using no-code tools. Available connectors include Google reCAPTCHA Enterprise, Traceable, Segment, HubSpot, Amazon Rekognition, Google Cloud Translation, Amazon Translate, SendGrid, Datadog, Twilio, and Amazon S3.
Domo announced Domo.AI, a portfolio of comprehensive and flexible artificial intelligence (AI) services powered by the company’s data experience platform. With Domo.AI, Domo users can access and capitalize on the broad possibilities of AI and have meaningful AI-powered experiences that help them multiply their impact on the business at scale.
DreamFactory Software announced its new visual identities, major platform upgrades, and a refreshed positioning. The new features and capabilities enhance API generation for developers, freeing them from many mundane tasks they would normally need to carry out. As such, the offering helps companies address data integration issues.
EnterpriseDB (EDB) announced the general availability of EDB Postgres Distributed on EDB BigAnimal, a fully managed Postgres-as-a-Service offering. This empowers enterprises to expand their global footprint with the help of best-in-class high availability, enhanced geo-distributed data architectures, and simplified maintenance.
FICO announced the release of a global mathematical optimization solver as part of FICO Xpress 9.2 Optimization. The global optimization solver gives users a better way to tackle complex nonlinear problems in energy, pricing optimization, and many other fields and can offer guarantees about the performance of the solutions it finds.
Grafana Labs announced Grafana Pyroscope 1.0, an efficient and scalable open-source profiling database that offers low overhead, client-side instrumentation, and reliable server-side capabilities. Grafana Pyroscope 1.0 is built to ingest, store, and query workloads from any project of any size, giving developers a deeper view into the resource usage of their code.
ngrok announced it has expanded its free tier to ngrok Cloud Edges to simplify and enhance the development experience. Cloud Edges offers authentication, load balancing, and webhook verification to apps or Kubernetes clusters without downtime, app changes, or restarts.
Noname Security announced its API security platform now fully supports the 2023 OWASP API Security Top 10 risk categories. With this new integration, the platform detects risks within those categories related to vulnerabilities across the widest possible set of sources, including log files, replays of historical traffic, configuration files, and more.
Oyster launched Pearl, an AI-powered chatbot that can answer questions about global hiring and remote work regulations. The solution leverages Oyster’s wealth of knowledge and ability to help anyone, anywhere, hire quickly and compliantly in over 180 countries.
TheMathCompany (MathCo) introduced a suite of Generative AI offerings to help with intelligent decision-making and leveraging AI to empower businesses with speed to value. The full-service suite includes GenAI Advisory, LLM Engineering, Toolkit Engineering, and Business Insights and Solutions.
Partnerships, collaborations, and more
Cisco and Nutanix announced a global strategic partnership to accelerate hybrid multi-cloud deployments by offering a complete hyperconverged solution for modernization and business transformation. The new offering integrates Cisco’s SaaS-managed compute and networking infrastructure (Cisco Unified Computing System with Cisco Intersight) with the Nutanix Cloud Platform (Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, Nutanix Cloud Manager, Nutanix Unified Storage, and Nutanix Desktop Services) and will be sold by Cisco using its extensive go-to-market reach.
Dell Technologies and Denvr Dataworks announced that they are working together to help organizations tap the capabilities of generative AI (GenAI). They offer a solution that combines the Dell PowerEdge XE9680 server with Denvr Dataworks’ delivery of high-performance cloud computing optimized for AI to train large language models by managing GenAI datasets.
IBM and Salesforce announced a collaboration to help businesses worldwide across industries accelerate their adoption of AI for CRM. Together, the two companies support clients to revolutionize customer, partner, and employee experiences while helping safeguard their data.
IFS announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Falkonry. The addition of Falkonry’s self-learning anomaly detection solution to IFS’s existing enterprise simulation and AI-based scheduling and optimization capabilities supports the company’s strategy to use AI pervasively to provide end-to-end intelligent insights in EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) across ERP, MES, PSO, FSM, and ESM systems.
Precisely announced its membership to the Overture Maps Foundation. As a contributing member, Precisely will provide vital location intelligence and data enrichment expertise to simplify interoperability between different datasets. This will allow organizations around the world to freely access geospatial data and spatial analytics and, ultimately, drive exciting new advancements in geospatial technology.
Synthetaic announced a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Microsoft focused on AI data and cloud solutions. This strategic collaboration will seek to unlock new possibilities in computer vision and data analysis, with a wide range of benefits across defense and intelligence, commercial, and non-government agency applications.
UserTesting announced the rollout of ConnectTech, its new technology partner program. UserTesting has partnered with eight companies for the launch and is expanding its ecosystem of connected technologies, building integrations into its customers’ most used tech stacks across development, design, collaboration, and digital analytics tools.
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