Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending January 16

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A new IBM partnership and an acquisition aim to help businesses more easily migrate to hybrid cloud, 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 roundup of some news from this week:

IBM announced a partnership and an acquisition, both aimed at helping businesses migrate to the cloud and make use of its open hybrid cloud platform. In the case of the former, Larsen & Toubro Infotech expanded its multi-year, global alliance with IBM to help businesses transform their operations through open hybrid cloud adoption leveraging IBM’s open hybrid cloud platform built on Red Hat OpenShift. As part of this relationship, LTI and IBM plan to establish a center of excellence in Bengaluru, India, this year. This center will offer a comprehensive suite of IBM’s Cloud, automation, integration, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

The work builds on past collaboration between the companies. In that work, LTI developed industry-ready solutions using hybrid cloud capabilities from IBM, including Cloud Pak for Data and Cloud Pak for Automation, and offerings that integrate IBM Watson solutions, to help clients automate, secure, and update their business processes and applications.

The other IBM announcement in this arena was that it agreed to acquire Taos, a cloud professional, and managed services provider. The company brings 30 years of experience in fields, including technology, financial services, healthcare, retail, transportation, and education. An adopter of public cloud technologies, Taos forged strong partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure to deliver data center migration, platform engineering, and hybrid cloud management.

ClearBlade announced the ClearBlade Omega release. The Omega release includes a number of features, enhancements, and fixes with a continued focus on simplifying and shortening the time it takes companies to scale up and get value in their business. Going forward, ClearBlade has a comprehensive roadmap planned. The Asset Monitor application will continue to help users speed discovery and leverage all kinds of new devices. The platform will make it easier to run AI algorithms in the cloud and at the edge that detect anomalies, predict failures, and automate workflow. Additionally, the company is expanding its ecosystem, adding new partners for numerous sensor devices and edge computing hardware while providing new integration capabilities into enterprise applications that are already part of daily business operations.

Cedalo AG, as the main sponsor of Mosquitto and Streamsheets, announced the availability of Streamsheets 2.2, a new version of Streamsheets. The new version brings further increases in performance and further simplifies the visualization and transformation of streaming and IoT data. New diagram types expand the range of applications for the well-known no-code platform. In addition, the processing of MQTT-based JSON payloads is further optimized. Streamsheets is aimed at professional users who must monitor, transform, and display continuously streaming data in their business and production processes in real time. In this no-code environment, business users can map their processes using spreadsheet logic without having to be able to program them. As of version 2.2, the interactive elements in Streamsheets have been further strengthened: With aggregated cell values, users can view the underlying time series directly with one click to be able to quickly check for outliers and anomalies.

SkillStorm, a tech talent accelerator that hires, trains, certifies, and deploys IT talent in the most in-demand technologies, announced today a training partnership with Pegasystems Inc. SkillStorm custom trains entire teams for client-specific needs, from novice Certified System Architects to more experienced Certified Senior System Architects. Depending on client requirements, the company will also train in Pega-specialty skills such as robotics, business architecture, and decisioning. As an Authorized Workforce Development and Training Partner, SkillStorm will hire, train, and deploy over 350 Pega-certified professionals in 2021. Sixty percent will hold a secret clearance or above to support growing demand for Pega talent in federal, state, and local government agencies.

GridGain Systems announced GridGain 8.8, the latest release of the company’s in-memory computing platform. The release features enhanced support for GridGain’s multi-tier database engine, which scales up and out across memory and disk. The changes enable customers to leverage the disk tier of the database to query much larger datasets, reduce the total cost of ownership, and secure sensitive or personal data at rest. Companies can now use GridGain for a greater number of production use cases, ranging from complex real-time analytics to mission-critical transactional workloads. GridGain’s multi-tier database engine enables companies to build modern applications that support transactional and analytical workloads on the same dataset by using Apache Ignite as a database that scales beyond the available memory capacity. Ignite allocates memory for hot data and accesses the disk tier whenever applications query cold records.

ElectrifAi announced expanded offerings of pre-built and pre-structured ML models for Amazon SageMaker, including models available from the Computer Vision and Image Analytics collections. Amazon SageMaker is an ML service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that helps data scientists and developers to prepare, build, train, and deploy high-quality ML models quickly by bringing together a broad set of capabilities purpose-built for ML. The new set of Computer Vision models can work on cameras, enabling new types of applications, and solving novel sets of challenges. Application areas for the offerings include cameras mounted to drones that can be used to track people, vehicles, and animals, even as the camera and item of interest move rapidly.

Engine Yard announced the availability of Engine Yard Kontainers (EYK) Platform as a Service. Engine Yard Kontainers is a fully managed, container-based infrastructure that eases deployment and minimizes the DevOps workload. EngineYard Kontainers runs Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services, creating application stacks and helping traditional non-containerized applications move to the container world. Applications deployed with EYK are fast, secure, cost-effective, and scalable. Orchestration, cluster management, networking, load balancing, monitoring, and log aggregation are built into the platform.

C.H. Robinson and SAS announced a partnership to improve the way global supply chains work as they become increasingly more complex. Until now, supply chain demand planning and shipping execution often worked in autonomous siloes without connection, digital integration, or real-time visibility. The partnership will solve that problem by creating an end-to-end supply chain solution that integrates inventory and demand signal data with real-time transportation data. Steering a supply chain from a centralized operation like this will allow companies more fluid adjustments in scheduling, carriers, and responses to changing consumer demand while inventory is still moving on the ground.   

Red Kubes, provider of a turn-key, out of the box Kubernetes-based container platform solution, announced the open-sourcing of the Otomi Container Platform community edition. The Otomi Container Platform community edition is a container platform curated with industry proven open-source applications and policies for better governance and security, providing developers a mono repo with repeatable code that is easy to adapt, extend and configure. The Otomi Container Platform was created with the 12-factor app methodology to design a Kubernetes-based container management platform that embraces existing open-source projects while being open and flexible for inevitable change over time. Otomi is extensible and can be easily installed on top of Kubernetes clusters in AWS, Azure, GCP, or even on-premises.

Veritone announced a strategic relationship and integration with Alteryx to provide new AI capabilities to Alteryx customers, unlocking key insights to unstructured data sources. Veritone’s AI tools will let Alteryx users use the power of Veritone’s proprietary aiWARE operating system, which makes available hundreds of ready-to-deploy AI engines and allows for rapid AI-enabled analytics.

In other Alteryx news, the company announced a partnership with Snowflake that further integrates Alteryx analytics automation and data science capabilities with Snowflake’s platform. The combination provides automated data pipelining, faster data processing, and speeds analytics outcomes at scale.

Real-time analytics news in brief:

ONE Tech announced the launch of the MicroAI Atom Software Development Kit (SDK), which is now publicly available through the ONE Tech developer portal. This SDK download allows users to implement ONE Tech’s machine learning platform, MicroAI Atom, directly onto microcontroller unit (MCU)-based hardware.

RAIDIX reported excellent results in applying its ERA technology to the Kx streaming analytics platform. RAIDIX ERA is a software RAID designed to be employed with the new types of SSD and NVMe drives. The Kx platform’s write performance increased by 88%, while sequential read performance is 39% higher using the technology.

Push Technology announced the expansion of its support for open protocols by adding support for the popular MQTT protocol, which is widely used by the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile applications. By supporting MQTT with the company’s Diffusion Intelligent Event-Data Platform, software development teams can now bring an Event-Driven Architecture (EDA) to their IoT and Mobile solutions.

Telesystem announced the launch of a new strategic billing partnership with Rev.io. After conducting their vendor search, Telesystem decided to move forward with Rev.io due to the billing platform’s capacity to support system integrations, address duplicate data entries, and implement enterprise customer management models.

Adaptive Computing announced today the latest version release of NODUS Cloud OS 5.2, their intelligent cloud systems management solution. The NODUS Cloud OS technology is used to power Adaptive Computing’s On-Demand Data Center platform, which gives companies the ability to spin up temporary or persistent data center infrastructure resources quickly and on-demand.

Axiomtek announced the launch of iNA600, a DIN-rail industrial-grade network appliance created especially for applications such as edge AI inference, cybersecurity, industrial IoT security, and function virtualization. The iNA600 can handle large data transition with computing acceleration.

GrAI Matter Labs announced that it would be introducing GrAI VIP, Vision Inference Processor, a full-stack AI system-on-chip platform. The GrAI VIP platform can enable fast responsiveness to provide visual inference capabilities in robotics, industrial automation, AR/VR, and surveillance products.

Fractal, a global provider of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics solutions to Fortune 500 companies, announced the acquisition of Zerogons. This acquisition will help strengthen Fractal’s Cloud AI business and accelerate the ‘data to decisions’ journey for its clients.

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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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