Real-time Analytics News Roundup for Week Ending August 22


Microsoft offers high-performance AI virtual machines plus news from Boomi, Hazelcast, Neo4J, Yellowbrick Data, VMware, Red Hat, 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 short list of some news from this week:

Red Hat, Inc. made several announcements related to Kubernetes, Kubernetes management, and edge computing. Specifically, it announced:

  • The general availability of Red Hat OpenShift 4.5, the latest version of its comprehensive Kubernetes platform. Red Hat OpenShift 4.5, which includes the general availability of OpenShift Virtualization, is designed to help organizations break down application barriers between traditional and cloud-native infrastructure and extend control over distributed resources.
  • The general availability of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, the latest addition to Red Hat’s portfolio of IT management technologies designed for the hybrid cloud. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes is designed to help organizations further extend and scale Red Hat OpenShift with enterprise-grade management capabilities across hybrid and multicloud environments, allowing them to manage multiple Kubernetes clusters and enable multi-cluster application deployments across hybrid clouds while ensuring policy and governance.
  • New products and capabilities aimed at helping enterprises launch edge computing strategies built on an open hybrid cloud backbone. New features in Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes enable organizations to address the needs of demanding edge workloads, like the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in industrial manufacturing use cases, allowing them to more seamlessly manage and scale hybrid cloud environments from a single point.

Microsoft announced its new ND A100 v4 VM—an AI virtual machine series designed to give its customers a massive AI processing boost. The new virtual machine series starts with eight NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPUs—from there, users can scale up to as many GPUs as they need—each has 1.6Tb/s of bandwidth. The GPUs are connected via a 200GB/s InfiniBand link. Microsoft claims this offers customers 16 times more bandwidth than its competitors. Microsoft also points out that the new series will be backed up by a newly engineered AMD Rome-powered platform and will be twice as fast as its current platform. Microsoft says the new system will give users a two to three times boost in performance compared to the current virtual machines series, and users will not have to do any new engineering work on their end as part of setup.

Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, announced it acquired GreenBay Technologies Inc. to accelerate its innovation in AI and machine learning data management technology. The acquisition will strengthen the core capabilities of Informatica’s AI-powered CLAIRE® engine across its Intelligent Data Platform™, empowering businesses to identify, access, and derive insights from organizational data to make informed business decisions more easily. Core to the GreenBay acquisition is three distinct and advanced capabilities in entity matching, schema matching, and metadata knowledge graphs that will be integrated across Informatica’s product portfolio. These technologies will accelerate Informatica’s roadmap across Master Data Management, Data Integration, Data Catalog, Data Quality, Data Governance, and Data Privacy.

Neo4j announced that Neo4j Aura for Google Cloud Platform is now available as a fully integrated graph database service on the Google Cloud Marketplace. Cloud-native and built specifically for data relationships, Neo4j Aura™ offers an easy way to deploy, manage, and scale a graph database. The new release introduces Neo4j Aura Professional as a tightly integrated graph database service via the Google Cloud Marketplace. As a self-service solution, Neo4j Aura Professional is designed for small and medium businesses to build, deploy, and manage graph-enabled applications rapidly.

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, extended its portfolio of solutions for EiPaaS by announcing Boomi aXis for SAP. With Boomi aXis for SAP, users can more easily and quickly exchange SAP data on a single platform to swiftly facilitate business decisions. As an EiPaaS solution for the SAP ecosystem, Boomi aXis for SAP seamlessly extracts and updates data from/to the SAP ecosystem, leveraging predefined configurations, and shortening process time by removing resource constraints. Boomi aXis for SAP breaks down silos, letting lines-of-business optimize business processes and leverage SAP and non-SAP for Event-Driven Architecture (EDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to make informed decisions quicker.

Ness Digital Engineering, a provider of digital transformation solutions, has today announced it is expanding its partnership with Snowflake, the cloud data platform. Ness earned “Select” partner status, and this enhanced strategic alliance expands Ness’s robust suite of data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions at a time when customers of all sizes and industries are demanding more business value from their data. Ness’s status as an Amazon Web Services Advanced partner, Microsoft Azure Gold partner, and Google Cloud partner allows the company to bring Snowflake’s instant, frictionless, secure sharing of live data – within and between organizations – to all its clients embarking on their data warehouse modernization journey.

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, announced the release of a new version of its, a web-based platform that can be used for image labeling and for developing AI-based image recognition applications. It makes the image annotation task convenient and efficient, even for large projects with many people working on image labeling, and it provides a smooth and user-friendly interface for training and deploying deep neural network models. The ability to perform both tasks on the same platform provides the advantage of being able to label images and then train and improve models in an iterative way. The new release includes some additional features and an improved interface for free platform users. It also includes several powerful features, such as object detection model training, offline models, project sharing, and labeling time-tracking, which will be available for paid users.

VMware, Inc. announced enhancements across its portfolio of VMware vRealize Cloud Management on-premises and software as a service (SaaS) offerings. VMware vRealize Cloud Management offers new capabilities for modern infrastructure automation, supporting DevOps principles and self-driving operations. Available for on-premises and SaaS, VMware vRealize offers the agility and efficiency of cloud infrastructure at scale, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and DevOps principles such as Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and GitOps to provision, orchestrate, optimize and govern hybrid and multi-cloud environments. VMware is introducing new releases, capabilities, and enhancements spanning VMware vRealize Automation 8.2, VMware vRealize Automation Cloud, VMware vRealize Log Insight 8.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud, VMware vRealize Operations 8.2, VMware vRealize Operations Cloud, and VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2.

Yellowbrick Data announced that enterprise data protection provider Sotero has joined the company’s partner program. The companies have completed technical integration and certification to offer enterprises robust and simple-to-use data protection that covers security, compliance, and privacy across all enterprise data. The Sotero partnership is part of Yellowbrick’s ongoing strategy to build the most complete and robust partner ecosystem in the data warehousing industry. Thanks to a familiar, standards-based PostgreSQL front end, customers can confidently deploy Yellowbrick knowing that they can leverage their existing database infrastructure and employee skills with innovative pioneers such as Sotero—without having to worry about complex integration. The combination of Yellowbrick’s hybrid cloud technology and complementary solutions such as Sotero can help enterprises improve data-analytics capabilities, achieve faster time to insights, facilitate more effective business decision-making, and innovate and thrive in the competitive global marketplace.

Hazelcast announced updates to its managed service that enables enterprises to simplify the delivery of multi-cloud capabilities to application modernization projects. Previously available only on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise is now available on Microsoft Azure and includes a new WAN Replication capability to easily connect multiple clouds, regardless of the provider. With Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise, Hazelcast maintains the software deployment as a managed service for customers, enabling rapid uptime and freeing customers to focus on developing innovative, business-critical applications. Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise runs the Hazelcast IMDG Enterprise edition, providing customers with advanced features that include high-density scale, over-the-wire encryption and replication/failover capabilities that provide extra protection across zones, regions, and cloud vendors.

Krypt has announced the launch of KAI, an Artificial Intelligence solution for Global Trade and Supply Chain. KAI was developed to help SMB and Enterprise Customers solve common challenges with their Global Trade and Supply Chain processes. KAI improves efficiency, productivity, compliance, and accuracy while reducing costs. KAI uses advanced supervised Machine Learning to adapt as it obtains more data, providing the customer with increasingly accurate results. It can be used for tedious tasks such as product classification or sanctioned party list screening to improve productivity and reduce human error. KAI can be used in conjunction with SAP products such as GTS, TM, EWM, and IBP, or it can be used as a standalone solution.

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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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