In this week’s real-time analytics news: Snowflake’s conference proved to be a gold mine for new products and services from the company, its partners, and others.
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Snowflake held its annual conference, Snowflake Summit 2022, last week and announced product updates with new capabilities for developers, data professionals, and analytics teams to gain insights on real-time transactional data and build products and apps faster. Items announced included:
- Unistore, a new Snowflake workload now in private preview, offers a single platform that brings transactional and analytical data together so businesses can leverage and manage the lifecycle of their data in a single location.
- Snowflake Native Application Framework, which lets developers build, monetize, and deploy applications on Snowflake Marketplace, and consumers can securely install and run those applications directly on their data inside Snowflake.
- Snowpark for Python (private preview), which opens up a programming environment for data scientists, data engineers, and application developers to build scalable pipelines, applications, and machine learning workflows directly in Snowflake. Snowpark for Python runs on the same infrastructure as Snowflake pipelines and applications, enabling developers to streamline and modernize their data processing.
Many companies made Snowflake-related announcements at the conference. Others did not attend but also made related announcements during the week. Here is a sampling of those items:
ALTR announced the release of its new policy automation engine for managing data access controls in Snowflake and beyond. The solution allows data engineers and architects to set up data access policies in minutes, manage ongoing updates to data permissions, and handle data access requests through ALTR’s own no-code platform for data policy management. ALTR employs Snowflake’s built-in Data Classification and Object Tagging to automate access policy enforcement on sensitive data types.
Ascend.io announced the launch of Ascend.io’s Developer Tier for Snowflake. Ascend.io’s Developer Tier will enable engineers to ingest, transform, and orchestrate their data on the Snowflake Data Cloud at no cost and with no obligation. The company also announced support for Snowflake Snowpark for Python on the Ascend Data Automation Cloud.
Coherent announced that it is launching Coherent Spark, an application that will turn an entire Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into a simple, reusable function natively in the Snowflake Data Cloud. The Coherent Spark application is built using Snowflake’s Native Application Framework, currently in private preview, which enables application developers to build applications using Snowflake core functionalities, globally distribute them on Snowflake Marketplace, and deploy them within a customer’s Snowflake account.
Collibra announced Collibra Protect with Snowflake, a new offering designed to help teams securely and quickly access data to drive better decision-making. Collibra Protect enables users to create policies that mask sensitive data via a no-code interface to apply policies and ensure data is protected across Snowflake.
Domino Data Lab announced the availability of Snowflake-powered capabilities in Domino 5.2. Through the power of Domino’s platform and Snowpark, the developer framework for Snowflake, the companies deliver an end-to-end enterprise data science lifecycle solution on one common data and deployment platform.
Fivetran announced new product functionalities that include the release of a new Oracle connector that can handle the highest volumes of data to Snowflake Data Cloud, as well as access to Fivetran’s Metadata API for joint Snowflake customers to improve data visibility and promote greater data democratization.
GoodData announced a technical partnership with Snowflake. Among the benefits: GoodData headless BI users can query Snowflake data, users can execute GoodData analytics directly from Snowflake data in real-time, and users get a scalable analytics architecture.
Hightouch expanded its partnership with Snowflake to provide joint customers with seamless access to data activation in the Snowflake Data Cloud. Hightouch’s platform is natively available within Snowflake, providing a way for customers to initiate Hightouch from their Snowflake account. Hightouch is a Data Activation partner available through Snowflake Partner Connect.
Iguazio announced a new partnership with Snowflake that includes connectivity of Iguazio’s solution for automating ML pipelines and a built-in feature store with Snowflake’s Data Cloud. The Iguazio platform now comes with a built-in Snowflake connector that powers the built-in online and offline feature store in Iguazio with data from Snowflake.
Immuta announced a joint solution that automates secure Data Sharing management for Snowflake customers. The new offering lets Snowflake users create, manage, and scale data sharing solutions faster, easing the manual burden on data platform teams and lowering the risk of data leaks.
Informatica announced an expanded partnership with Snowflake and new product innovations to drive increased value for joint customers. With the new Informatica Enterprise Data Integrator, a native application in Snowflake Marketplace currently in development, customers will be able to use the power of the Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC) Platform to integrate a wide range of enterprise application data in the Snowflake Data Cloud.
Okera announced the availability of Okera on Snowflake, a new software as a service (SaaS) offering for the Snowflake Data Cloud. Leveraging the new SaaS solution, non-technical data stakeholders can collaborate to define data access control policies, validate that data policies are implemented as intended, and self-serve their own data privacy compliance reports and real-time analytics.
Qlik announced multiple new and enhanced capabilities that will help customers maximize the value of their investment in Snowflake Data Cloud. These services expand the ability to both seamlessly feed Snowflake with near real-time data and more easily access data in real-time. They include Direct Query, which lets users automatically generate pushdown SQL to query Snowflake on demand from within Qlik Sense, and Qlik’s FinOps and query optimization analytic applications, which expands on Qlik’s existing Snowflake usage dashboards and provides a comprehensive understanding of what is driving Snowflake usage.
Rockset announced a new Snowflake connector that enables low-latency, high-concurrency analytics across streaming data from sources such as Apache Kafka, Amazon DynamoDB, or MongoDB and historical data from Snowflake. Rockset organizes data in a Converged Index, which is optimized for real-time data ingestion and low-latency analytical queries. Rockset’s ingest rollups enable developers to pre-aggregate real-time data using SQL without the need for complex real-time data pipelines.
SnapLogic released new features and enhancements to its Intelligent Integration Platform to simplify and accelerate data integration, data services, application integration, and enterprise automation projects. For example, SnapLogic provides enhanced out-of-the-box connectors for ELT to speed those tasks, making it easier for users to derive value from their data in key data warehouses, including Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Microsoft Azure Synapse.
Snowplow announced an enhancement to its behavioral data platform; it can now feed AI-ready, rich, accurate, and complete data directly into AI and ML learning models without any major data preparation bottlenecks. The combination of Snowplow’s ability to generate, enhance, and model AI and ML-ready behavioral data with Snowflake’s Data Cloud capabilities provide businesses with a single platform on which they can power advanced analytics and develop a deeper understanding of their users.
Yext announced a partnership with Snowflake to further improve the analytics functionality of its platform. Through the Powered by Snowflake program, Yext harnesses the Snowflake Data Cloud to establish secure data sharing capabilities and a single source of truth for search analytics. Yext customers can now reliably access and quickly act on critical insights by leveraging the speed, scale, and performance of Snowflake’s platform.
Real-time analytics news in brief
Yellowbrick Data announced the availability of the latest release of its cloud data warehouse. The latest iteration of Yellowbrick’s Data Warehouse Platform can be deployed on-premises or in AWS, with Azure and Google Cloud support in Q3; runs entirely in the customer’s own cloud account; delivers true separation of compute and storage, allowing for elastic scaling on demand; and integrates with data lakes using Parquet as the data interchange format.
Splunk announced new capabilities to power integrated security and observability on a shared data platform. The Splunk Platform, including Splunk Cloud Platform and Splunk Enterprise 9.0, allows customers to access more data sources easily, find and operationalize insights even faster, secure and scale deployments, and streamline administration to turn data insights into business outcomes.
In other Splunk news,the companyannounced Splunk Partnerverse program enhancements. Enhancements include access to the Splunk Cloud Sandbox. For 12 months, eligible partners can access a 50GB, single-tenant, cloud stack environment to build and test solutions and demonstrate their solutions on Splunk Cloud to existing and new customers.
Lightning AI (previously known as Grid.ai) unveiled the Lightning AI platform. With the new platform and framework, the company is introducing a frictionless way to build AI-powered products and services as apps composed of modular components that are seamlessly integrated and connected. Serving as the “operating system for AI,” Lightning AI’s suite of extensible open-source components and apps simplifies the adoption of AI technology.
Ahana announced Ahana Cloud for Presto Community Edition, designed to simplify the deployment, management, and integration of Presto, an open-source distributed SQL query engine, for the Open Data Lakehouse. Ahana Community Edition is immediately available to everyone, including users of Ahana’s PrestoDB Sandbox on DockerHub. It provides simple, distributed Presto cluster provisioning and tuned out-of-the-box configurations, bringing the power of Presto to data teams of all sizes for free.
InfluxData announced Edge Data Replication, a new capability for centralized business insights in widely distributed environments. Edge Data Replication enables developers to collect, store, and analyze high-precision time-series data in InfluxDB at the edge while replicating all or subsets of this data into InfluxDB Cloud. With Edge Data Replication, InfluxData delivers on both platform breadth and simplicity, scaling time-series data processing in a new way that embraces the precision of the edge and the power of the cloud.
Armory announced the general availability of Armory Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service. The offering provides easy-to-use, environment-specific controls and advanced deployment strategies such as blue/green and canary to specify how much traffic is exposed to new changes and when to automatically roll back if needed.
WEKA unveiled the fourth generation of its unified software-based platform that delivers a uniform data management experience across on-premises, edge, hybrid, and now multi-cloud environments. The fourth-generation WEKA Data Platform delivers consistent high performance, robust data services, and a seamless, simplified data management experience for AI and next-generation workloads.
Grafana Labs announced the general availability of Grafana 9.0, featuring new visualizations and improvements to alerting, and the open-source version of Grafana OnCall (already available in Grafana Cloud), a tool for on-call management. Grafana 9.0 is available to both open source and Grafana Enterprise users, and Grafana Cloud users are getting automatically upgraded.
ScaleOut Software introduced ScaleOut In-Memory Database with support for Redis clients as a full production release. Redis clients can now connect to a cluster of ScaleOut servers to run Redis commands. Redis users can also simultaneously backup and restore all cluster nodes with a single command. ScaleOut In-Memory Database incorporates open-source Redis version 6.2.5 code to process Redis commands, and it offers the flexibility to run on either Linux or Windows servers.
Infragistics announced the launch of App Builder On-Prem. App Builder is a cloud-based, drag-and-drop tool that enables UI designers and developers to collaborate in a single working environment to speed app creation from design to code. The on-premises edition can now be used by large-scale designer-developer teams, as well as developer-only enterprise teams.
Canonical announced that Ubuntu Core 22, the fully containerized Ubuntu 22.04 LTS variant optimized for IoT and edge devices, is now generally available for download from ubuntu.com/download/iot. Combined with Canonical’s technology offer, this release brings Ubuntu’s operating system (OS) and services to a complete range of embedded and IoT devices.
Mattermost announced the launch of Mattermost 7.0, featuring core updates that enable users to develop custom apps and integrations (Apps Framework), communicate securely with native voice calls and screen share (Calls), and leverage out-of-the-box workflow templates to improve technical team productivity and operations. With this latest release, the Mattermost developer collaboration platform now features enhanced capabilities to enable real-time collaboration for mission-critical developer use cases.
Partnerships, collaborations, and more
ThoughtSpot and Matillion announced a joint partnership to provide data model templates and Live Analytics to help data teams working in the cloud get up-to-date data insights in minutes. Organizations can leverage ThoughtSpot SpotApps, prebuilt solutions for specific use cases powered by Matillion’s data transformation platform, to accelerate time to value and give more users access to the data they need.
C3 AI announced a new supply chain software product through its partnership with Google Cloud. The C3 AI Supply Chain Suite leverages the power of Google Cloud products and infrastructure, including Google Kubernetes Engine, Google BigQuery, and Vertex AI, which lets customers easily extend and configure AI algorithms.
Pozyx, a provider of RTLS (real-time location systems), has partnered with Fabriek Logistiek to demonstrate its warehouse orchestration system based on real-time positioning to improve labor efficiency, increase safety, and optimize inventory control in warehouse and logistics operations.
Anomalo announced that Anomalo is available on Databricks Partner Connect. Partner Connect helps Databricks customers discover validated data, analytics, and AI tools and integrate these tools directly within their Databricks Lakehouse. Anomalo is providing a free trial to Databricks customers who are not already Anomalo customers so that they can start monitoring their tables to detect and root-cause data quality issues.
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