In this week’s real-time analytics news: A machine learning scholarship program train the next generation of ML leaders, a virtual ML-for-good hackathon, 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:
Udacity announced the creation of the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The goal of this program is to remove barriers to skills training in machine learning and to cultivate the next generation of Machine Learning (ML) leaders from underrepresented backgrounds, including Women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color. Enrollment in the AWS Machine Learning Foundations course is free, and 425 top students from the course will be selected to receive a full scholarship for the entire AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program based on the results of a test open to all who complete the free course.
Iguazio announced a global virtual hackathon, which will take place until June 29, 2021. With a mission to foster projects that can immediately impact real-world issues, Iguazio, partners Microsoft, MongoDB, and sponsor Aztek seek individuals who want to bring data science to production to do good together. Teams can register to join the hackathon at mlopsforgood.devpost.com. Submissions will be judged on solution innovation, commerciability and applicability, and ML operationalization/repeatability or the completeness of the functional ML pipeline, with additional points awarded for building real-time pipelines, creating the ability to retrain models, or incorporating multiple ML models.
ONUG, an open enterprise cloud community of Global 2000 IT business leaders, held its Spring 2021 event, which saw a number of significant events and announcements regarding upcoming projects. One such item was the introduction of the Cloud Security Notification Framework (CSNF). CSNF is a framework that will establish common definitions and syntax for major cloud provider alerts, alarms, and events. Also, the ONUG Collaborative’s working group unveiled the CSNF Decorator – the mechanism to enable multi-cloud security notification service so users can achieve greater visibility and governance among their assets.
Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft, and ThoughtWorks launch the Green Software Foundation with the Linux Foundation to put sustainability at the core of software engineering. The foundation was born out of a mutual desire and need to collaborate across the software industry. The foundation aims to help the software industry contribute to the information and communications technology sector’s broader targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Alongside the founding members, Goldman Sachs and nonprofits, including Leaders for Climate Action, Watt Time, and The Green Web Foundation, have also joined The Green Software Foundation.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Anywhere, a new capability for Amazon ECS that enables customers to run and manage container-based applications on-premises using the same APIs, cluster management, workload scheduling, monitoring, and deployment pipelines they use with Amazon ECS in AWS. Amazon ECS Anywhere provides a fully managed container orchestration service that allows customers to easily run, scale, and secure Docker container applications on any customer-managed infrastructure in addition to all AWS Regions, AWS Local Zones, and AWS hybrid infrastructure deployments (e.g., AWS Outposts and AWS Wavelength). There are no upfront fees or commitments to use Amazon ECS Anywhere, and customers pay only for the container instances they run.
Red Hat announced Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) on Microsoft Azure, enabling organizations to tap into the benefits of a cloud-based architecture for modernizing their existing Jakarta EE (previously Java EE) applications and building new ones on Azure. Specifically, JBoss EAP is available as a native offering in Azure that comes fully configured and ready to run and will also be available soon as a fully supported runtime in Azure App Service that is managed by Microsoft. Bringing JBoss EAP to Azure eases the shift to the cloud. Customers can bring existing applications to Azure—including JBoss EAP applications running on-premises or other Jakarta EE applications running on different application servers—choosing how they want to manage business-critical, Java-based applications in the cloud.
TIBCO Software Inc. announced multiple new innovations and capabilities to its Predict portfolio of products, significantly accelerating time-to-insights and delivering smart, scalable analytics across the enterprise. Enhancements to TIBCO Spotfire, TIBCO Streaming, and TIBCO Data Science are now available in a single platform. This TIBCO Hyperconverged Analytics experience significantly increases business value by compressing the time from business events to analytics, insights, and action. These new capabilities include a framework for extending the visual analytics palette with TIBCO Spotfire Mods, invoking no-code data science functionality, advanced streaming analytics, and a modern, platform-agnostic approach to ModelOps. By combining the power of analytics with TIBCO’s data management and data virtualization offerings, customers can now scale analytics and reporting on any data. In other news, the company announced a series of enhancements to its Unify data management portfolio, including its TIBCO Data Virtualization and TIBCO EBX products. These solutions dramatically empower an organization’s data fabric, enabling customers to unlock the vast potential of data.
Starburst announced the availability of the latest version of Starburst Enterprise. The new release provides Starburst customers with net new capabilities alongside more advanced connectivity, improved performance, and more robust security. Among the net new capabilities, Starburst’s Delta Lake Connector now includes support for Data Manipulation Language (DML) to empower data analysts, platform admins, and engineers with Delta Lake write capability. By allowing companies to read and write to Delta Lake, Starburst companies move to a Lakehouse architecture.
SnapLogic announced the latest release of the SnapLogic Fast Data Loader. With the SnapLogic Fast Data Loader, users can quickly and easily load data from SaaS applications such as Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Coupa, as well as cloud databases including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server into a cloud data warehouse such as Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, or SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. With no coding required, fast parallel loading, full or incremental updating, and historical tracking, the SnapLogic Fast Data Loader helps users get fast, reliable data access to power their customer, product, and sales analytics initiatives.
Fluree announced a technical partnership with Lead Semantics to provide a fully integrated solution, TextDistil, for enterprise data management teams looking to build semantic-capable, secure data fabrics. A key area of focus for the integrated solution includes highly regulated industries, including fintech, banking, insurance, and the public sector, among others. Lead Semantics’ natural language processing (NLP) technology, powered by Fluree’s semantic graph database, will help convert unstructured data assets (including text) into semantic-capable enterprise knowledge. With TextDistil, Lead Semantics and Fluree are essentially bringing unstructured data into the structured context of businesses’ respective operational transactional worlds with security, traceability, and audit capabilities provided by Fluree’s immutable ledger.
Splice Machine announced the release of Livewire Pulsar, the latest edition of its Livewire open-source Operational AI platform for industrial IoT use cases. By using an upgraded Kubernetes architecture, the updated Livewire platform reduces costs, adds new AI features for increased productivity, and delivers a simplified and updated user interface. The new edition enables Apache Spark to scale up or down as needed with new min/max parameters for executors in both online analytical processing (OLAP) database operations and notebooks for ML and offers an on-premises air-gapped solution for plants that lack internet connectivity. Livewire’s new AI capabilities include a Feature Store, which provides a centralized location that allows data teams to better share and reuse curated data for machine learning pipelines. Livewire Pulsar also contains a new anomaly detection solution, plus the ability to incorporate time-series features.
Tellius announced a series of major feature improvements designed to help businesses accelerate their analytics journey beyond dashboards to make better data-driven decisions. Quick Start asks users about metrics of interest and then automatically generates tailored analytics content, including data visualizations, inquiries, and AI-powered insights. From there, users can easily edit and build upon Quick Start content, making it faster and easier than ever for organizations to inform strategic business decisions.
Actian announced its Ingres NeXt initiative, an initiative to help Ingres users looking to modernize their mission-critical applications while also laying a pathway to migrate to the cloud. The announcement features two key components: A new version of Actian’s OpenROAD 4GL application development environment and support for Ingres software as a fully managed service in the cloud. This new innovative offering will directly leverage Actian’s Avalanche Hybrid Data Platform with multi-cloud support. While both are designed to be used independently and power business value delivery, the offerings have been developed to work synergistically together.
GridGain Systems announced that an enhanced version of GridGain Control Center is available as a cloud service on a subscription basis. While GridGain Nebula, released last year, is a fully managed service for Ignite and GridGain, Control Center SaaS is a cloud-native solution for operations teams that prefer to manage their production environments. GridGain Control Center is a comprehensive troubleshooting, management, and monitoring solution for the GridGain platform and Apache Ignite, which run on a distributed cluster of servers. Control Center simplifies key tasks to help developers and operations teams be more productive building, managing, and optimizing real-time analytics and other applications on these platforms. Also, GridGain Control Center as a cloud service enables customers to manage compute clusters that are deployed across single or multi-cloud services, on-premises, and hybrid environments.
JFrog Ltd. announced its Private Distribution Network. A new capability of JFrog Distribution, part of the JFrog DevOps Platform, Private Distribution Network enables enterprises to easily set up and manage a secure, massively scalable hybrid distribution network for software updates. Private Distribution Network provides two integrated network utilization and acceleration technologies, such as HTTP-based, secure P2P, and CDN, that can be rolled out across large-scale mixed-infrastructure and multi-tiered, customizable network topologies and are managed as-a-service with usage-based pricing.
InRule Technology announced the release of CI/CD for irCatalog. This latest release improves governance by making the decision automation lifecycle more manageable with approval workflow and automated with integration to Azure DevOps and other cloud capabilities. Additionally, Slack and Microsoft Teams collaboration provide team members with greater visibility. CI/CD for irCatalog automates many administrative functions, including set up of alerts on events in the catalog; logic testing; promotion to production after successful regression testing; and approval request notifications and one-click approvals.
Jitterbit announced it has acquired eBridge Connections. The combined offerings will provide comprehensive sets of integration solutions around e-commerce and EDI. The platform integrates the key elements needed to give companies a rich Customer 360 view with a single source of truth for merchants, whether they use on-premises, cloud, or hybrid-cloud software applications. Jitterbit will now also be able to provide seamless integration with retail outlets that support EDI transactions, including Costco, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Kroger, Lowes, and more, giving retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers more avenues to grow their businesses.
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Juniper Networks announced version 4.0 of Apstra software, the intent-based networking solution acquired earlier in the year. Juniper Apstra builds on the multivendor capabilities of the Apstra solution to support VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Enterprise SONiC, in addition to previously supported data center switching from Juniper, Nvidia (Nvidia Cumulus), Arista Networks, and Cisco Systems. The Apstra software also has new intent extensions and connectivity templates that provide a more simple and flexible way of connecting attached systems.
Canonical and Oracle announced an optimized Ubuntu image for the launch of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Ampere A1 Compute. Oracle Cloud customers will benefit from running Ubuntu, the most popular cloud operating system, on a secure, scalable, and highly cost-effective infrastructure. Ubuntu on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Ampere A1 Compute provides a high-performing and cost-effective solution for all types of workloads. It also gives developers a highly optimized cloud operating system and kernel with strong security and stellar stability.
Varada announced a new capability of its flagship platform designed to support text analytics workloads and help data teams deliver faster time-to-insights on exabytes of string-based data. Varada’s solution for interactive text analytics—integrated with the popular open-source search engine Apache Lucene—works directly on the customer’s data lake and serves SQL data consumers out-of-the-box. As a result, data teams can achieve maximum performance without moving data, duplicating, or modeling it.
Stacklet announced the Stacklet Platform, which allows cloud engineering and security teams to easily understand, codify, and automate cloud governance for a frictionless experience for development teams and rapid cloud adoption. Developed by the creators and lead maintainers of Cloud Custodian, Stacklet Platform lets organizations simultaneously move fast and stay secure as they adopt public cloud services.
ADLINK Technology Inc. launched the CM5-P1000 module, expanding the company’s advanced solutions for artificial intelligence-enabled mission-critical applications. Supplied in a PCIe/104 Type 1 format (measuring 116mm x 96mm), this module addresses the size, weight, and power (SWaP) restrictions that aerospace and defense applications must adhere to.
Sumo Logic announced it has closed its acquisition of DF Labs S.p.A. The combination of Sumo Logic’s Cloud SIEM built on the Continuous Intelligence Platform and DFLabs will provide customers of varying sizes and maturities with comprehensive cloud-native security intelligence solutions for real-time analytics that are built for today’s digital businesses leveraging modern applications, architectures, and multi-cloud infrastructures.
AtScale announced the launch of AtScale CloudStart for building powerful analytics infrastructure on cloud data platforms. This offering enables organizations to rapidly integrate AtScale’s semantic layer solution on leading cloud data management platforms. CloudStart provides customers a way to start with a smaller semantic layer investment aligned with entry points for cloud data platforms with the ability to scale seamlessly with your real-time analytics infrastructure.
Lakeside Software introduced the latest version of their Digital Experience Cloud, offering an array of features and enhancements. Lakeside’s new Digital Experience Cloud accelerates how quickly the solution provides value to an organization and incorporates an entirely new module, Assist, designed to enhance proactive L1 IT support. Assist improves holistic workforce efficiency and dramatically boosts the digital employee experience. Assist provides users with intelligent analytics and automation capabilities, accelerating time to resolution, as well as time to value.
Commvault is expanding its enterprise-grade SaaS data management offerings with the introduction of Metallic Backup for Microsoft Dynamics 365, giving customers support for all three Microsoft clouds—Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Azure. This follows the addition of HyperScale X for Metallic, a fully integrated, scale-out on-premises storage target for Metallic backup as a service that delivers choice for hybrid cloud data protection.
Deeplite announced its Deeplite Neutrino Community version. This free version provides a hands-on introduction while also enabling new connections and knowledge exchange among community members from different commercial, research, and academic environments.
Relativity announced that it has acquired Text IQ. Text IQ will work with the Relativity team to build a seamless integration between its products while also embedding some of its core capabilities to improve existing AI and ML functionality in RelativityOne and Relativity Trace.
Franz Inc. and Smartlogic announced a collaboration aimed to help large enterprises accelerate the timeframe to deploy highly scalable, distributed Semantic Knowledge Graph solutions. Combined, the two companies will provide organizations with end-to-end technology along with the expertise to quickly create enterprise-scale Semantic Knowledge Graphs.
Zammo.ai announced the availability of its SaaS AI solution in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Zammo customers can now take advantage of the Azure cloud platform with streamlined deployment and management.
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