Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending February 27

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In this week’s real-time analytics news: Three industry efforts aim to address the challenges of developing and deploying artificial intelligence apps, 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 we come across each week. Here are some of the news items from this week:

The AI Infrastructure Alliance (AIIA), a non-profit organization with 25 global members, officially launched with the mission to create a collaborative environment for companies and communities in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) space. This global Alliance brings together top technologists across the AI spectrum and includes a wide range of member companies. Together, these companies and communities provide a glimpse into the future where AI creates real value for everyday businesses and not just big tech powerhouses. Partnerships in the Alliance will help create a Canonical Stack for AI by driving engineering standards and creating seamless integration points between various layers of the AI infrastructure ecosystem. The aim is that a Canonical Stack (CS) for AI will set the standard for how enterprises develop and design machine learning models at scale. It will let data scientists and data engineers move up the stack to solve more complex, higher-order problems instead of reinventing the wheel on every data science project.

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) announced the formation of the OCP Future Technologies Initiative, a formal project within the Foundation whose mission is to build a future-focused Community within OCP to serve as a forward-looking funnel for ideas and technologies three-to-five years into the future. The Foundation also announced that the initiative will focus on several specific technical areas, in alignment with the OCP Foundation Incubation Committee leaders in their technology roadmap. Those areas will be software-defined memory, cloud service model, and AI hardware-software design collaboration. The initiative will also look at additional R&D opportunities areas identified by the community.

Microsoft Azure recently launched the Azure HPC & AI Collaboration Centers program, which funds collaborations with well-known institutions to develop and share these best practices with the high-performance computing and AI communities. The Collaboration Centers program is delivered in partnership with AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. Under the program, five inaugural centers have been set up. A series of short videos introducing each Collaboration Center and their planned work are available here: Duke UniversityPurdue UniversityRed Oak ConsultingNAG, and Redline Performance.

Red Hat announced Red Hat OpenShift 4.7, the latest version of its enterprise Kubernetes platform. Designed to simplify and accelerate application modernization, the latest version of Red Hat OpenShift is based on Kubernetes 1.20. Red Hat OpenShift 4.7 includes the latest version of OpenShift Virtualization. First released in July 2020, OpenShift Virtualization is designed to help organizations break down application barriers between traditional and cloud-native infrastructure and extend control over distributed resources. Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift 4.7 expands Windows Containers support, first announced in late 2020. In addition to Windows Container support for Red Hat OpenShift on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure, OpenShift will soon include support for Windows Containers on vSphere (expected to be available next month) using Installer Provided Infrastructure (IPI).

Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision, a new service that analyzes images using computer vision and machine learning capabilities to spot product or process defects and anomalies in manufactured products. By employing a machine learning technique called “few-shot learning,” Amazon Lookout for Vision can train a model for a customer using as few as 30 baseline images. Customers can use Amazon Lookout for Vision to detect manufacturing and production defects (e.g., cracks, dents, incorrect color, irregular shape, etc.) in their products and prevent errors from progressing down the operational line and from ever reaching customers. 

Siemens, IBM, and Red Hat announced a new collaboration that will use a hybrid cloud designed to deliver an open, flexible, and more secure solution for manufacturers and plant operators to drive real-time value from operational data. Through the joint initiative, Siemens Digital Industries Software will apply IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach, built on Red Hat OpenShift, to extend the deployment flexibility of MindSphere, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens. This will enable customers to run MindSphere on-premises, unlocking speed and agility in factory and plant operations, as well as through the cloud for seamless product support, updates, and enterprise connectivity.

DeepCube announced the launch of a new suite of products and services to help drive enterprise adoption of deep learning, at scale, on intelligent edge devices, and in data centers. DeepCube will offer solutions for neural network training and inference, allowing users to leverage DeepCube’s technology to address challenges in their deep learning pipeline. Additionally, a new service offering will make available DeepCube’s team of leading AI experts to support deep learning projects.

Waylay and Cybus announced combined Industry 4.0 solutions. The companies combine the IIoT edge platform Cybus Connectware with the industrial IoT automation platform of Waylay. The partnership aims to serve machine builders, factory owners, and service providers who want to enable their own domain experts in building IIoT services. The main goal is to create digital business models in a quick and reusable way. Cybus provides customers with universal OT-IT connectivity and a unified information model for Industry 4.0 applications. Waylay, in turn, adds its low-code-based, intuitive and visual orchestration, automation, and analytics solution, which guarantees quick customer OT-IT application build cycles, material improvements in enterprise operations, and high ROI.

Real-time analytics news in brief:

GitLab announced the availability of GitLab 13.9, which strengthens DevSecOps at scale, with a Security Alert Dashboard to triage high priority alerts, Maintenance Mode for the unfailing support of distributed teams, better visibility including additional support for DORA metrics, and advanced automation capabilities that will help developers deliver “better products, faster.” These are just a few of the 60+ new features and improvements in this release.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a collaboration with Tookitaki to provide an offering for banks and financial institutions across Asia-Pacific. The new offering delivers Tookitaki’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered anti-money laundering (AML) solution in a secure and flexible as-a-service consumption model using HPE GreenLake for Big Data.

Intel and Google Cloud announced a collaboration to develop telco cloud reference architectures and integrated solutions for communication service providers to accelerate 5G deployment across multiple network and edge locations. The telco cloud reference architectures and integrated solutions from the two companies will help communications service providers accelerate scalable network and edge deployment as they implement multi-cloud architectures.

Actian launched a new Customer 360 solution offering designed to simplify and accelerate the delivery of customer insights. Built on Actian’s Avalanche hybrid cloud data warehouse, the solution enables data-driven organizations to shape their customers’ experiences better and more quickly, dynamically, and cost-effectively.

Next Pathway Inc. announced new capabilities within SHIFT Migration Suiteand Crawler360, allowing enterprises to automatically migrate from Apache Hadoop to their desired cloud targets, such as Snowflake and Azure Synapse. Automation through Crawler360 and SHIFT provides a solution for the most complex parts of a migration from Hadoop, including planning and execution.

Tr3Dent announced significant enhancements to its platform, Transformation Accelerator. The enriched platform features enhanced UX design and improved intelligence, enabling organizations of all sizes to achieve their digital transformation goals quickly, easily, and securely.  Enhanced features further enable ease of use, empowering organizations to confidently navigate their digital transformation journeys.

BlackRock and Snowflake announced a strategic partnership through which BlackRock will launch Aladdin Data Cloud, a solution for investment managers to expand the utility of data, powered by Snowflake’s platform. The solution allows companies to bring Aladdin and non-Aladdin data together, making it easy for users to build on top of it with Aladdin Studio, BlackRock’s platform for developers.

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) will provide machine learning expertise to Microsoft Azure users via the new Azure HPC & AI Collaboration Centre. In partnership with NVIDIA, the new center will develop best practices for the deployment of scalable machine learning in the Cloud.

Aunalytics announced the acquisition of Naveego. The acquisition combines the Naveego Complete Data Accuracy Platform with Aunalytics’ Aunsight Data Platform to enable the development of powerful analytic databases and machine learning algorithms.

Mission announced the launch of its dedicated Data, Analytics & Machine Learning practice. The new practice provides all the data engineering, analytics, machine learning, and data science expertise and tools required for enterprises, SMBs, and startups to leverage their data on AWS and accelerate data-backed transformation within their organizations.

Xilinx announced a range of new data center products and solutions, including a new family of Alveo SmartNICs, smart world AI video analytics applications, an accelerated algorithmic trading reference design for sub-microsecond trading, and the Xilinx App Store.

Black Box introduced its new Edge Networking services offering. With a focus on education, healthcare, banking and finance, and manufacturing/industrial facilities, the Black Box Edge Networking solution drives a reimagined workplace, one in which employees are empowered to work and collaborate securely and seamlessly, anywhere, and on any device, and with no disruption.

Lumen Technologies expanded its Edge Computing Solutions infrastructure, giving businesses more options to work at the Edge. Customers can now procure Lumen Edge Bare Metal services online, and within an hour, gain access to high-powered computing infrastructure on the Lumen platform. Additionally, customers can use Lumen Network Storage to take advantage of secure, scalable, and fast storage.

Sequitur Labs announced new packages for the EmSPARK Security Suite that allows manufacturers to secure embedded designs for industrial, consumer, smart home, and health care applications. The EmSPARK Security Suite Base package provides essential security defenses for IoT applications in a turnkey solution. The EmSPARK Advanced package offers a complete suite of security features and functions for protecting devices at all stages of their lifecycle.

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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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