Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending June 26

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In this week’s real-time analytics news: The Linux Foundation announced an association to advance open standards for the adoption of AI-enabled voice assistance systems.

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:

The Linux Foundation announced the Open Voice Network, an open-source association dedicated to advancing open standards that support the adoption of AI-enabled voice assistance systems. Founding members include Target, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, Microsoft, Veritone, and Deutsche Telekom. Much as open standards in the earliest days of the Internet brought a uniform way to exchange information and connect with any site anywhere, the Open Voice Network aims to bring the same standardized ease of development and use to voice assistant systems and conversational agents. Voice assistance depends upon technologies like Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Advanced Dialog Management (ADM), and Machine Learning (ML).  The Open Voice Network will initially be focused on the following areas:

  • Standards development: research and recommendations toward the global standards that will enable user choice, inclusivity, and trust.
  • Industry value and awareness: identification and sharing of conversational AI best practices that are both horizontal and specific to vertical industries, serving as the source of insight and value for voice assistance.
  • Advocacy: working with and through existing industry associations on relevant regulatory and legislative issues, including data privacy.

The Ceph Foundation announced the formation of the Ceph Market Development Group. The new group, composed of leading industry organizations, including Canonical, Red Hat, and SoftIron, will collaborate to raise awareness and educate enterprises (and other organizations facing modern scaling demands) on the benefits of Ceph storage. As part of its founding, the Ceph Market Development Group will be hosting sessions in which several of its members will provide project initiative updates, market research, and education around the use of open-source Ceph.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the expansion of its HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform to include support for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Microsoft SQL Server. This announcement complements HPE’s portfolio of hyperconverged infrastructure offerings now available via HPE GreenLake, including HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI.

Splunk announced the new Splunk Security Cloud, a data-centric modern security operations platform that delivers advanced security analytics, automated security operations, and integrated threat intelligence.

SingleStore announced the availability of a database that addresses both analytical and transactional workloads for the multi-cloud world. SingleStore is available as a managed service on any major cloud service provider and available for self-hosted use.

expert.ai announced the general availability of its expert.ai Platform for designing, developing, testing, deploying, and monitoring scalable natural language solutions. The cloud-based expert.ai Platform helps organizations accelerate, augment, and expand expertise for any job or process that involves language.

Veracode unveiled new research that finds nearly 80 percent of the time, third-party libraries are never updated by developers after being included in a codebase. That is the case even though more than two-thirds of fixes are minor and non-disruptive to the functionality of even the most complex software applications. Open-source libraries constantly evolve, so what appears secure today may no longer be so tomorrow, potentially creating a significant security risk for software vendors and users.

Hasura announced it has added the ability to access data across databases at the API layer with cross database joins, one of the most requested features by users of Hasura GraphQL Engine. The company also announced schema sharing capabilities and git-based CI/CD workflows. 

Transposit introduced new platform capabilities that empower non-developers with customization, flexible orchestration, and intelligent operational visibility. Transposit’s expanded functionality bridges the gap between engineering and ITOps teams so they can work better together to deliver business value more quickly. The solution enables teams to work with agility while simultaneously maintaining the governance and process controls.

PagerDuty announced new capabilities to help teams manage the time-sensitive, mission-critical work that is key to business success. These new solutions reduce toil, speed up response time with automation, tackle change impacts and identify incidents with AIOps, and build on existing real-time case management features for customer service operations teams. Along with those announcements, PagerDuty announced two new add-on products, Runbook Actions and a new plan for customer service operations.

Cellwize announced a collaboration with Intel, which will enable Cellwize’s CHIME technology on Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration and Intel FlexRAN reference software in order to propel deployment of automated AI-driven 5G vRAN networks. Virtualization of RAN is necessary to support the use cases and performance requirements of 5G, as vRAN is more agile and flexible than the hardware-based RAN that most operators are currently using.

Other news:

DataRobot and Palantir Technologies announced a partnership to bring speed and agility to demanding forecasting models. The companies will combine Palantir Foundry and DataRobot model development capabilities to give customers the ability to create and test data-driven, easily updated forecasting models in minutes, not months, from a single platform.

Canonical, working with the RISC-V core IP designer and development board manufacturer, SiFive, announced the first Ubuntu release for two of the most prominent SiFive boards, Unmatched and Unleashed.

Yugabyte announced a partnership and new integration with Hasura to deliver cloud elasticity and ease of use for application development using GraphQL. The integration allows Hasura Cloud customers to create a YugabyteDB cluster in a Yugabyte Cloud account and connect to it with a single click.

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Domino Data Lab announced the availability of Domino 4.4. This new update introduces several new features, including Durable Workspaces and CodeSync, that support a more productive way for data scientists to work.

ABBYY announced a major update for NeoML, its cross-platform open-source machine learning library. The update adds support of Python. The framework also offers 5-10x speed improvements as well as 20+ new ML methods, including 10 network layers and optimization methods.

NetApp announced that it has acquired Data Mechanics, a managed platform provider for big data processing and cloud analytics. The combined offering will make it simpler and more cost-effective for organizations to fully leverage Apache Spark and Kubernetes to advance their data and cloud initiatives.

yellow.ai announced its plans for U.S. expansion and the addition of Voice Virtual Assistantson its platform. The new Voice AI capabilities augment the company’s existing capabilities powering chat automation channels for websites, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

Infragistics announced the launch of its $50M Innovation Fund and Lab. The fund will create freedom for internal inventors to experiment with innovations beyond the company’s core UI/UX products without an immediate need to generate revenue.

Tufin announced the release of the Tufin Rule Lifecycle Management (RLM) App. The new app simplifies and manages the rule review and certification process by automatically identifying expiring or expired rules and mapping them to their owners, enabling a simple recertification or decertification of rules. The app integrates with CMDBs to map network owners, identifies inactive owners for rule reassignment, and orchestrates certification across the right set of rule owners.

Real-time analytics news in brief:

IBM announced the closing of its acquisition of Turbonomic to deliver AIOps for hybrid cloud.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it acquired Determined AI to accelerate machine learning training.

Dataiku announced that it is available in AWS Marketplace. As such, AWS customers can use Dataiku’s visual interface to build data pipelines, prepare data, and build and deploy machine learning models on their cloud.

Spectra Logic announced several enhancements to its StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software. The new features in StorCycle 3.5 allow tiering and protection of cloud data, provide increased protection against ransomware attacks, and boost metadata searchability and accessibility, among other benefits.

Fivetran announced the acquisition of Teleport Data. With Fivetran Teleport Sync, database replication is now simple like snapshots, delivering a performance that in some cases approaches the speed of log-based systems while being much less intrusive — making access to data easier across the organization.

Hitachi Vantara acquired Io-Tahoe, a subsidiary of the UK energy company Centrica. Io-Tahoe’s AI-driven data management software capabilities will be integrated with the Lumada DataOps Suite.

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Core BTS announced the acquisition of Aptera Software. The acquisition advances the company’s application development and modernization capabilities, particularly on Microsoft Azure, enhancing Core BTS’ ability to meet the growing client demand for modern application solutions as part of holistic digital transformation.

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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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