Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending June 12

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In this week’s real-time analytics news: A bevvy of news from the Snowflake Summit, new Sumo Logic offerings aim for modern security operations, 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 are some of the news items from this week:

Snowflake unveiled its latest product innovations at its annual Snowflake Summit. Some of the top items, many of which have implications for real-time analytics applications, announced include:

  • With initial support for Java and Scala, Snowflake’s developer experience, Snowpark, allows data engineers, data scientists, and developers to build using their preferred language and familiar programming concepts and then execute these workloads directly within Snowflake. Currently in private preview, with a public preview coming soon.
  • Java UDFs. With Java user-defined functions (UDFs), customers can bring their custom code and business logic to Snowflake for better performance and expanded use case capabilities, all while reducing management complexity. Currently in private preview, with a public preview coming soon.
  • Unstructured data. Snowflake is bringing accelerated time-to-value to unstructured data, enabling customers to store, govern, process, and share file data alongside their structured and semi-structured data and unlock new revenue opportunities. In private preview, with a public preview coming soon.
  • SQL API. The Snowflake SQL API enables custom and off-the-shelf applications to call Snowflake directly through a REST API, without the need for client-side drivers, thus reducing the complexity and administration overhead requirements.

Many attending companies made announcements of either new integrations with Snowflake or new capabilities and services that make use of the new offerings. Some of the announcements include:

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  • Dataiku announced an integration with Snowflake’s Snowpark and Java user-defined functions (UDFs). With Snowpark, Snowflake and Dataiku will enable data engineers, data scientists, and developers who prefer other languages to take advantage of Snowflake’s powerful platform capabilities and the benefits of Snowflake’s Data Cloud.
  • SnapLogic announced it has become a Premier Partner in Snowflake’s Partner Network. This expanded partnership gives customers an easier and quicker way to use SnapLogic to move data into Snowflake’s Data Cloud while also helping them to better manage their entire data ecosystem. Inside Snowflake’s Data Cloud, customers can unite siloed data and easily discover and execute diverse analytic workloads.
  • C3 AI announced a partnership with Snowflake focused on combining Snowflake’s unique architecture with C3 AI’s enterprise AI development suite and family of industry-specific enterprise AI applications. C3 AI unifies Snowflake’s data, platform, and ML services through a model-driven, reusable, and extensible object system to accelerate the development of a new generation of enterprise apps.
  • DataRobot announced a new integration with Snowflake to bring the power of Snowpark to DataRobot users. This partnership comes on the heels of DataRobot’s recent acquisition of Zepl, unlocking new capabilities within DataRobot’s platform for the most advanced data scientists. Zepl’s capabilities, now part of DataRobot’s platform, help joint users quickly develop, train, and deploy models by providing a preconfigured, fully-featured environment for Snowpark-driven model development.
  • AtScale announced integration with Snowflake’s Snowpark Java UDFs. Snowpark enables AtScale to execute advanced analytic functions within the Snowflake Data Cloud, optimizing complex analysis, query performance, and resource consumption. The AtScale semantic layer provides BI analysts and data scientists with a business-oriented, virtualized view of data within cloud data platforms that can be accessed through applications like PowerBI, Excel, Tableau, and DataRobot.
  • Informatica announced tighter integrations with its Intelligent Data Management Cloud and Snowflake to advance ELT capabilities and offer native support for Snowflake’s Java User Defined Functions (UDF) to enterprise customers. This integration helps large enterprises easily move their data to Snowflake through Informatica’s Intelligent Data Management Cloud and empowers data scientists and developers to scale analytics and cloud applications with simplicity and speed.
  • Domino Data Lab announced a partnership with Snowflake for enhanced integration between its two platforms. A growing number of joint customers already use Domino data connectors to retrieve and write data between the Domino environment and Snowflake Data Cloud.  Soon, they can use Snowflake’s Snowpark to build efficient and powerful pipelines in familiar constructs and using third-party libraries. From Domino, users can execute MLOps workflows in Snowflake to leverage the platform’s performance, scalability, and near-zero maintenance. 
  • Alteryx, Inc. announced a deeper integration with Snowflake via its newly introduced Snowpark Accelerated Program and Snowflake Partner Connect, which now makes Alteryx directly accessible via Snowflake’s platform. The addition of Snowpark and Partner Connect together provides organizations with advanced and extensible cloud analytics, faster data processing, and machine learning at scale that executes within the Snowflake Data Cloud.

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Sumo Logic made several announcements about modern security operations at The Modern SOC Summit. Key announcements include:

  • Sumo Logic Cloud SOAR: On the heels of Sumo Logic’s acquisition of DFLabs, Sumo Logic unveiled a new open security architecture that helps industry practitioners automate their SecOps and incident response programs.
  • Cloud security monitoring and analytics apps: Sumo Logic released five new apps to provide customers with a seamless and robust view into their security environments. 
  • ServiceNow security incident response integration: Currently in beta, Sumo Logic’s Cloud SIEM Enterprise solution will be combined with ServiceNow’s Incident reference to provide security professionals with unparalleled real-time insights.
  • Preview of Global Intelligence for Security Insights: The new Insight confidence scores will give analysts more information to help prioritize investigations. This confidence score is generated by matching the pattern of signals seen in the Insight to similar patterns from previous insights from your company and anonymized data from across our global community.

new benchmark study from McKnight Consulting Group (MCG) unveiled the first demonstration of a massive knowledge graph that consists of materialized and virtual graphs spanning hybrid multicloud platforms. MCG affirmed that Stardog enabled users to create a one trillion-edge knowledge graph with sub-second query times without the need to store all the data in a single, centralized location. Stardog’s ability to query data where it is stored, in its original source, without the need to make copies or move data, makes data lineage and traceability straightforward. Using the industry-standard Berlin SPARQL Benchmark (BSBM), which does not repeat queries or allow results to be cached, makes the findings more reflective of real-world performance.

BSA | The Software Alliance released Confronting Bias: BSA’s Framework to Build Trust in AI. The framework details how organizations can perform impact assessments to identify and then mitigate risks of bias that may emerge throughout an AI system’s lifecycle. It includes more than 50 diagnostic statements specifying actions for companies to take, covering the Design, Development, and Deployment of an AI service. BSA also called on governments around the globe to implement regulations and legislation to require impact assessments to minimize the potential of bias in high-risk uses of AI. BSA’s Framework to Build Trust in AI can serve as a resource for policymakers and industry leaders alike as they grapple with how best to leverage the benefits of AI without perpetuating existing inequalities.

AWS announces the general availability of AWS Proton, a fully managed delivery service for container and serverless applications. Using infrastructure as code, platform operators can create a template that defines and configures everything needed to provision, deploy, and monitor a service. Developer teams can then select published stacks to rapidly build applications with the confidence they are working with up-to-date, validated tools and infrastructure. 

Mythic introduced its new M1076 Analog Matrix Processor (Mythic AMP), a new scalable, power-efficient analog matrix processor for edge AI applications. The M1076 AMP comes in several form factors: a standalone processor; an ultra-compact PCIe M.2 card; and a PCIe card with up to 16 AMPs. The M1076 AMP can support up to 25 TOPS of AI compute in a 3W power envelope, consuming up to 10x less power than a typical SoC or GPU solution. In a 16-chip configuration, the M1076 AMP PCIe card delivers up to 400 TOPs of AI compute while consuming only 75W. The M1076 AMP has been optimized to scale from edge endpoints to server applications, addressing multiple vertical markets, including smart cities, industrial applications, enterprise applications, and consumer devices.

Starburst announced Starburst Stargate. Stargate, available as an add-on for Starburst Enterprise customers, enables organizations to run cross-cloud analytics on data distributed across the globe.  Additionally, Stargate ensures compliance with global data sovereignty regulations, enabling organizations to analyze data residing across borders without moving it. Starburst Stargates core features include linking multiple Starburst clusters, pushdown processing and dynamic filtering, fine-grained access control, and additional security features are included such as credential pass-through across clusters, removing the need to reauthenticate and ensuring audibility.

Cupix announced the availability of CupixWorks 2.0, a major update to its leading product, CupixWorks. CupixWorks 2.0 is an advanced 3D digital twin platform, enabling building owners, general contractors, and project managers to build smarter, transforming any construction site into an easy-to-manage project, creating value across the entire life cycle of a property. Requiring only a consumer-grade 360-degree camera, CupixWorks 2.0 lets the user create and share a best-in-class 3D digital twin, whether for a relatively simple commercial building, a highly complex facility, or an external infrastructure project like roads and bridges. Product enhancements integrated in the CupixWorks 2.0 platform include automated 3D spatial information extraction and editing tools, comprehensive BIM data support, and secure collaboration and data access controls.

Guavus announced a new 5G network data analytics product designed to enable mobile operators to overcome the challenges of operating complex, multi-vendor 5G networks at scale and deliver new revenue-generating 5G services. Guavus 5G-IQ NWDAF is a vendor-agnostic, 3GPP-compliant NWDAF implementation that embodies an open approach to streaming analytics, machine learning, and AI for generating the real-time operational intelligence needed to drive service orchestration and network automation in the 5G Core.  The new product will interoperate with all 3GPP-standard components in a 5G System – independent of supplier – while supporting the wide range of analytics-driven use cases that are critical to the diverse functional and operational requirements of 5G Standalone networks.

Grafana Labs announced a series of significant new product updates, including the highly anticipated general availability of Grafana 8.0 and Grafana Tempo 1.0. The latest product updates include enhanced visualizations, such as streaming panels and a new unified alerting system. Grafana Tempo 1.0 is an easy-to-operate, high-scale, and cost-effective distributed tracing backend built to help users manage their traces with minimal infrastructure investment, only requiring object storage to operate. Unlike existing tracing backends, Grafana Tempo can rapidly scale and reduces the need to sample traces, allowing you to guarantee every request is backed by a trace. Grafana Tempo can be used with any open source tracing protocol such as Jaeger, Zipkin, and OpenTelemetry.

News in brief:

Mipsology announced the availability of Zebra FPGA IP, a solution that accelerates the development and deployment of FPGA and adaptive SoC-based machine learning systems.  Zebra FPGA IP is optimized to power edge applications spanning industrial automation, security, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, super resolution, and more. Zebra IP is currently being used by early access partners and is expected to ship in early Q3.

CompTIA announced the worldwide availability of a new CompTIA Cloud+ certification exam. Along with the global launch of the new exam, CompTIA has released a comprehensive suite of Official CompTIA Learning products associated with the new test. CompTIA Cloud+ validates the skills IT professionals need to deploy and automate secure cloud environments that support the high availability of business systems and data.

ContinuServe launched its Intelligent Finance Planning and Analysis (I-FP&A) solution for clients.  ContinuServe’s I-FP&A solutions leverage seasoned FP&A professionals in combination with leading predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and optimized cloud-native tools to midmarket companies that typically have not had access to this depth of capability and scale.  

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Cobalt Iron Inc. announced that its Compass enterprise SaaS backup solution is now part of IBM’s product portfolio through the IBM Passport Advantage program. Through Passport Advantage, IBM sellers, partners, and distributors around the world will be able to sell Compass under IBM part numbers to any organizations, particularly complex enterprises, that greatly benefit from the automated data protection and anti-ransomware solutions Compass delivers.

Element announced a new offering featuring an API integration between its Element Unify product and AWS IoT SiteWise. The API integration is designed to give customers the ability to centralize plant data model integration and metadata management, enabling data to be ingested into AWS services, including AWS IoT SiteWise and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) industrial data lake.

Pythian Services Inc. announced that it has added cloud financial management, also known as FinOps, to its portfolio of Managed Services offerings. Pythian’s FinOps services provide the visibility, tools, and guidance necessary to help enterprises control, manage, and optimize cloud costs. These insights into cloud cost, usage, and performance metrics are available to a broad set of stakeholders within the enterprise through sophisticated reporting and analytics capabilities. 

IFS announced that it has concluded the acquisition of Axios Systems. The transaction combines two pioneers of the service management space: IFS, with its Field Service Management and Axios Systems, with its strength in IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Operations Management (ITOM). The combined IFS Enterprise Service Management proposition enables companies to orchestrate their value chain and optimize their workflows so they can not only deliver amazing moments of service to their customers but also so they can maximize revenue creation opportunities and increase profitability.

InRule Technology announced the acquisition of simMachines, Inc., an explainable AI/machine learning (XAI) applications company. simMachines de-risks traditional “black box” machine learning models by explaining “the why” behind every prediction made. By combining the InRule Decision Platform with simMachines’ explainable AI technology, enterprises can leverage the power of human-driven (declarative) and machine-driven (non-declarative) AI within a single platform. This enables organizations to build and deploy the most extensive, accurate, and transparent decision automation strategies.

Cognizant announced the creation of a new, dedicated Google Business Group (GBG) to help accelerate shared customers’ cloud modernization journeys. The GBG is an expansion of Cognizant’s long-standing relationship with Google Cloud, extending combined service capabilities and joint solutions development to accelerate client cloud transformation and meet the evolving needs of today’s businesses.

SnapLogic announced the launch of its new, enhanced Partner Connect Program to help global technology, consulting, and OEM partners capitalize on the growing market opportunities for enterprise automation and integration services. The reimagined program enables partners to differentiate themselves through vertical and functional specializations, allowing them to clearly communicate their value to customers while utilizing SnapLogic’s partner marketing and digital infrastructure tools to collaborate on new business opportunities.

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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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