Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending February 20

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In this week’s real-time analytics news: Multiple IBM partnerships with end-user companies to speed digital transformation and more.

Keeping pace with news and developments in the real-time analytics market can be a daunting task. We want to help by providing a summary of some of the items our staff came across each week. Here is a short list of some news from this week:

IBM and Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year agreement under which IBM will help lead Delta to the public cloud to increase its agility, speed to market, and innovation capabilities around digital transformation. As part of the expanded relationship, IBM will provide technology and industry expertise to modernize and migrate Delta’s applications to the public cloud. IBM will transform Delta’s computing environment to run on a hybrid cloud architecture built on Red Hat OpenShift. IBM will work with Delta to use the IBM Garage Methodology and IBM hybrid cloud software, such as CloudPaks, to modernize existing applications and co-create new solutions. This will help Delta drive greater software engineering productivity and result in an enhanced customer experience in the future.

IBM and Delta have a longstanding history of collaboration on transformative projects that have led to innovations for Delta and the airline industry. In early 2020, the companies announced a multi-year collaborative effort via the IBM Q Network to explore the potential capabilities of quantum computing to transform experiences for airline customers and employees.

In another IBM partnership, CitiusTech announced a collaboration with IBM to leverage IBM Cloud Paks to power its FAST+ solution, an end-to-end FHIR-based solution that provides healthcare organizations a platform for consent management and connects disparate systems to enable real-time data access. Operating FAST+ on IBM Cloud Paks helps healthcare organizations leverage a robust, cloud-native foundation and container-based architecture to scale FHIR transformation. By leveraging the flexibility, security, and portability of IBM Cloud Packs, CitiusTech can help clients in the highly regulated healthcare industry modernize operations in any cloud environment.

Bearing exited stealth mode and launched an AI-driven operations optimization platform, which provides a wide range of actionable insights to shipping companies. The solution aims to improve efficiency and safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bearing’s platform is powered by ship performance models built on real-world data, allowing it to predict fuel consumption, speed, and other performance factors much more accurately than existing solutions on the market. Core to Bearing’s technology is a platform that ingests data from various sources, including ship sensors, satellite positioning, and weather data. Bearing combines this data with deep learning technologies to build hyper-accurate models that predict vessel performance in a wide range of operating conditions, from storms to calm water. These models serve as the foundation for a range of products, including a smart engine routing application and performance analysis dashboard.

Confluent, Inc. announced Confluent’s Premium Connector for Oracle Change Data Capture (CDC) Source, a bridge for one of the most common and critical sources of enterprise data to connect to Apache Kafka. It is now possible to identify and capture data that has been added to, updated, or removed from Oracle databases and make those events available in real time across a business. Confluent aims to create a central nervous system for organizations to harness all data in motion, but that is only possible if every environment is interconnected. As the first in a series of Premium Connectors, Confluent makes integrations with complex, high-value systems seamless, reliable, and cost-effective to establish a continuously flowing stream of data that powers the business.

Bosch and Fetch.ai are collaborating in an effort to launch a fully-functional blockchain network (v2.0 main-net), testing key features on the test-net until the end of the month. The strategic advance engineering project “Economy of Things” (EoT) at Bosch Research and Fetch.ai aims to transform existing digital ecosystems using distributed ledger technologies (DLT) like blockchain. Fetch.ai is also committed to ensuring that artificial intelligence (AI) makes its way into blockchains. The Fetch.ai test-net program began in October 2020. The EoT team at Bosch Research will deploy a node on the network and assist in testing the first phase of Fetch.ai’s next-generation blockchain with a view to running nodes and applications on the v2.0 main-net after it is launched in March 2021.

C3 AI announced the release of major enhancements to its enterprise AI application development platform and AI applications. The latest release – Version 7.17 – provides new capabilities to track and manage full lineage from data sources to application entities. In addition, the latest release includes new composable machine learning (ML) pipelines for data scientists; enhancements to C3 AI CRM, C3 AI Anti-Money Laundering, C3 AI Energy Management, C3 AI Production Schedule Optimization, and C3 AI Reliability applications; and a new enterprise AI application for the oil and gas industry, C3 AI Well Development Optimization.

DataRobot announced new integration capabilities with Snowflake. Building on DataRobot’s expanded partnership and existing integration with Snowflake, the new Feature Discovery pushdown integration improves the speed and accuracy of developing models, unlocking new use cases, and accelerating time to value for joint customers. DataRobot’s Feature Discovery automatically discovers, tests, and creates new features for machine learning models. This dramatically improves models’ accuracy, increasing an organization’s ability to make accurate predictions and generate value. The new Feature Discovery integration with Snowflake delivers this capability to Snowflake users, pushing down data preparation operations into Snowflake to minimize data movement resulting in faster performance and lower operating costs. This allows users to obtain more accurate DataRobot models by accessing more data from Snowflake and leveraging the power of Snowflake’s Data Cloud.

Google Cloud and Databricks announced a new partnership to deliver the Databricks platform at global scale on Google Cloud. Under the partnership, organizations can use Databricks to create a lakehouse for data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics on Google Cloud’s global, scalable, and elastic network. Databricks on Google Cloud will enable deep integration with Google BigQuery’s open, intelligent ecosystem and leverage Google Kubernetes Engine allowing customers to deploy Databricks in a containerized cloud environment for the first time. With this integrated solution, organizations can unlock AI-driven insights, enable more intelligent decision-making, and ultimately accelerate their digital transformations with data-driven applications.

Alation announced the release and general availability of Alation 2021.1, enhancing the company’s data intelligence platform. The new release extends connector and query coverage to virtually any data source, expedites relevant search and discovery through data domains, and features new data governance capabilities. Alation 2021.1 includes connectors to a wide range of applications and data sources available, including business intelligence (BI) and filesystems, and applications such as ServiceNow and Salesforce, and more. The platform’s new, federated authentication enables users to query cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Snowflake easily and securely using single sign-on. By snapping into a variety of applications and data sources, Alation serves as a single place to find, understand, and trust data across an organization.

ZeroNorth unveiled its Advanced AppSec (Application Security) Risk Analytics. Using vulnerability data analyzed by the ZeroNorth AppSec automation and orchestration platform, these business intelligence analytics deliver a single source of truth on the overall risk and health of an organization’s application security program. ZeroNorth’s reporting and analytics provide high-level intelligence together with granular details on AppSec risk across the enterprise. Data can also be viewed in the context of more specific groups, such as business units and application teams. With this insight, businesses can determine where to focus, prioritize, and direct resources to address the highest areas of risk for the business, build out an application security program and measure and enforce accountability.

Zadara announced the acquisition of NeoKarm. With this acquisition, Zadara obtains NeoKarm technology, including the former Stratoscale software IP, which enables MSPs to offer an on-demand private cloud built and fully-managed by Zadara. By adding NeoKarm cloud technology, backed by Stratoscale IP, to its cloud platform, Zadara enables AWS-compatible APIs, making it easy for users to utilize the same scripts to deploy applications in Zadara clouds.

Sumo Logic announced it is expanding its work with leading businesses in the fintech and banking sectors, including Coincheck, Currencycloud, Moneytree, MoonPay, Paidy, Snoop, and more. These companies use Sumo Logic’s Continuous Intelligence Platform to transform data into real-time insights with a single pane of visibility across security and operations to diagnose and troubleshoot issues faster and reduce service interruptions. Specifically, Sumo Logic’s Continuous Intelligence Platform unifies machine data, including logs, events, and performance metrics, across on-premises, cloud-hosted, and hybrid environments. By providing a single pane view across the entire architecture in real-time, Sumo Logic helps IT operations, DevOps, SRE, security, and engineering teams with real-time, secure, unified alerts and dashboards to enable faster issue identification and troubleshooting.

Waylay announced that it now offers productized use case templates for the processing industry to kickstart the creation of new business flows and experiment with ideas to generate new revenue. The templates are designed to help make digital transformation easier and introduces a Citizen Developer solution to IT-OT unification. Enterprises now only need one single tool for automation, analysis, full visibility, and optimization of their processing flows and equipment.

Franz Inc. announced Allegro NFS Server 7.0 for Windows with 64-bit performance and support for all current versions of the Windows operating system. Allegro NFS Server 7.0 delivers a high performance, easy-to-install, and reliable solution for companies of all sizes. Allegro NFS was originally developed for Franz’s internal purposes due to our dissatisfaction with free and commercial NFS Servers on the market and the incredible technical difficulties faced in configuring them on Windows. Allegro NFS Server 7.0 runs on all the current versions of the Windows operating system, including Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012, Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit), and Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit). Allegro NFS also has a version that runs on Windows XP.

Real-time analytics news in brief:

CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire Humio. With the acquisition, CrowdStrike will further expand its eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) capabilities by ingesting and correlating data from any log, application, or feed to deliver actionable insights and real-time protection.

 Protegrity launched the Protegrity Partner Network, which lets technology organizations, systems integrators, and value-added resellers (VARs) seamlessly deliver Protegrity’s advanced data-protection solutions to joint customers, supporting privacy, advanced analytics, AI and machine learning, and cloud initiatives.

Sunlight announced NVIDIA GPU support for Sunlight NexVisor, its lightweight hypervisor providing near bare-metal performance with a compact footprint. Using the solution, businesses can maximize the performance of demanding, GPU-accelerated workloads such as artificial intelligence (AI) running in edge environments.

odix announced that FileWall, its flagship security add-on to defend against ransomware for Microsoft 365 Mail attachments (Exchange Online), is now available in the CloudBlue catalog. Placement in the CloudBlue catalog, following FileWall’s launch in the Microsoft Appsource, extends the availability of the ransomware protection tool to an ecosystem of more than 80,000 global resellers.

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Salvatore Salamone

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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