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insideBIGDATA Latest News – 9/1/2020

In this regular column, we’ll bring you all the latest industry news centered around our main topics of focus: big data, data science, machine learning, AI, and deep learning. Our industry is constantly accelerating with new products and services being announced everyday. Fortunately, we’re in close touch with vendors from this vast ecosystem, so we’re in a unique position to inform you about all that’s new and exciting. Our massive industry database is growing all the time so stay tuned for the latest news items describing technology that may make you and your organization more competitive.

Domino 4.3 Embraces Red Hat OpenShift, Making it Easier for Enterprises to Scale Secure Data Science Workloads on Any Platform 

Domino Data Lab, provider of the leading open enterprise data science management platform trusted by over 20% of the Fortune 100, today announced Domino 4.3. This release adds support for the popular Red Hat OpenShift distribution of Kubernetes to make it easier for its customers to scale data science workloads on any platform. 4.3 also improves Domino’s model monitoring capabilities, and extends its IT security features for enterprises via new reporting capabilities.

Domino offers a data science management platform that centralizes predictive analytics and machine learning (ML) research and development based on an open ecosystem that lets data scientists choose their preferred tools and algorithms while reducing the burden on IT.   

”Large, sophisticated data science organizations demand flexibility in how they build and deploy their data science stacks. Adding Red Hat OpenShift to our wide variety of deployment options gives customers even more flexibility to run on almost any cloud provider or on their own on-prem hardware.” said Nick Elprin, co-founder and CEO at Domino Data Lab. “We’re obsessed with delivering enterprise-grade security, control, reliability, and observability in a central platform that helps our many Fortune 100 customers unleash the power of data science. We continue to focus, with this release, on helping them accelerate and confidently manage their demanding data science operations.” 

ActiveNav Changes the Game for Risk-Aware Organizations with Revolutionary Data Mapping as a Service (DMaaS)

ActiveNav, the data privacy and governance software provider, announced the launch of a new software category: Data Mapping as a Service (“DMaaS”). DMaaS will transform the way data professionals manage their data universe by giving them actionable insights that can aid in a range of risk management tasks. As part of this category creation, ActiveNav is changing the future of data mapping with the release of a new product: ACTIVE-Inventory. ACTIVE-Inventory provides privacy, security, legal, IT and compliance teams with an always-on, single pane-of-glass view into their data repositories to understand the health, risk and value of their data.

“Like a Fitbit helps you track your fitness over time, ACTIVE-Inventory tracks the health of your data so that you can understand its risk and value as part of your privacy, compliance and data minimization programs,” said Dean Gonsowski, Esq., Chief Revenue Officer, ActiveNav. “Data mapping exercises have been attempted for decades but they were always fraught with instant obsolescence since they were based upon snapshots in time and custodian interviews. DMaaS will completely transform how companies’ approach and manage their data mapping initiatives.”

Datadobi Announces DobiProtect for File and Object Data

Datadobi, a leader in unstructured data management software, announced DobiProtect enhancements to help companies maintain the highest standards of business continuity. With DobiProtect, organizations can easily create a ‘golden copy’ of their business-critical file and object data in its native format across heterogeneous systems. This golden copy enables companies to quickly restore business operations that rely on unstructured data when serious disruptions occur such as cyberattacks, ransomware, insider threats, storage platform specific bugs, natural disasters, etc.

Time is money. And in business, downtime can cause significant damage to reputation and the bottom-line,” remarked Carl D’Halluin, CTO, Datadobi. “Yet, new data disruptions are constantly arising—causing increasingly complicated and lengthy interruptions. DobiProtect makes it very easy for an organization to protect its most business-critical unstructured data and enables them to continue operating despite even the most unforeseen disruptions. We’re helping businesses face known and unknown threats head-on and allowing them to be confident that in a worst-case scenario they can quickly access essential data and keep the business functioning.”

Teradata University for Academics Expands Data and Analytic Training; Offers Hands-on, Educational Access to Vantage

Teradata, the cloud data and analytics company, announced a significant expansion of the Teradata University for Academics program, ensuring that students looking to build careers in the growing big data and analytics marketplace are fully prepared and already familiar with the leading data analytics platform, Teradata Vantage.
 
The Teradata University for Academics program, which for twenty years has provided access to Teradata technology and resources for schools who opt into the curriculum, is now offering complimentary technical education for anyone in the academic community – regardless of their association with Teradata. Also expanded is the coursework offered from Teradata, which now includes more than 145 hours of online technical training. These on-demand web-based courses, which can be taken for free as part of any university syllabus, include lab simulations and certification programs meant to teach both basic and advanced skills in SQL, Machine Learning, Automation and more. Popular courses include Teradata SQL, Big Data Concepts, Breaking the Language Barrier: When to Use Python, R and SQL, and Introduction to Data Science Process.

“Teradata’s customers are some of the largest, most visionary companies in the world and they run their businesses on data. Nearly all of them need more data scientists and analytics experts, so we’re doing our part to make an education in data and analytics easily accessible,” said Susan Baskin, Director of Global Customer Education and Teradata University for Academics. “Our long-term partnership with the University of Arkansas is critical to that education because it provides the real-world experience that students need and companies value. When a graduate can lean on their practical experiences of using Vantage in the classroom – and showcase their certification to prove it – it heightens their market appeal while also making it easier for our customers to hire the qualified talent they need.”

West Monroe introduces IntellioTM suite: technology that accelerates results from consulting engagements  

West Monroe, a national business and technology consultancy, today announced the launch of its IntellioTM suite of proprietary data and software tools that accelerate the value delivered from consulting engagements. Each technology-enabled tool has a track record for enabling quantifiable benefits, such as faster time to savings or lower development cost. IntellioTM assets are available to West Monroe clients and are always combined with consulting services, ranging from data projects to complex mergers. 

“Agility was a business imperative even before the pandemic struck. Now, as companies race to be competitive in this unfamiliar time, they must navigate complex change even faster. This is where the IntellioTM suite comes in,” said Chief Strategy Officer Tom Bolger. “As a business consulting firm with technology in our DNA, it’s natural for us to use technology in innovative ways to power our offerings and help our clients get business results, quickly. Think of it as proven assets that we combine with brainpower to speed up the path to tangible results.”

GoodData Launches GoodData Community and University to Unlock 100% Adoption of Data Analytics Across Organization

GoodData®, a leading analytics and business intelligence company, announced that it launched GoodData Community and GoodData University to enable rapid and continuous sharing of information on the GoodData platform and to pioneer a faster, more frequent flow of information between GoodData users and the company. Both offerings are free and open to all users, customers, prospects, and analysts interested in quick technical refreshers. The aim is to make it easier for users to get the full value from the GoodData analytics platform in an easy to consume educational model.

“Now more than ever, our customers need to quickly make data-driven decisions to ensure their success,” says Roman Stanek, co-founder and CEO of GoodData. “With many workers still remote, the need for online communities and resources for information sharing and gathering is even more critical.”

ThoughtSpot Accelerates Access to Business Insights with Introduction of DataFlow, the Fastest Way to Leverage All Enterprise Data

ThoughtSpot has long recognized that business users need quick, easy access to data to gather insights that inform decisions whenever and wherever they’re made. Critical to that experience is streamlining the process of loading data into ThoughtSpot, such that search capabilities can be leveraged immediately. The company has announced DataFlow, a new feature that makes it faster and easier than ever for companies to load data into Falcon, the company’s in-memory database.

“ThoughtSpot has always provided flexibility and choice on how to connect and interact with data, because we understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach to analytics. Our customers rely on us to empower their business, from the frontlines to the executive team, with the ability to find critical insights in their data, wherever it lives in the enterprise,” said Ajeet Singh, Cofounder & Executive Chairman, ThoughtSpot. “With DataFlow, we’re advancing this mission by giving businesses the ability to automate the process of bringing data into ThoughtSpot when they choose to do so, making it easier and faster for customers to get more value from their data by doing less work.”

Confluent Advances the Event Streaming Category with the Easiest Way to Connect Event Data Across Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments

Confluent, Inc., the event streaming pioneer, announced Confluent Platform 6.0 and the latest theme for Project Metamorphosis – Global. Cluster Linking, a new capability in Confluent Platform 6.0 and Confluent Cloud, makes event data globally available across a business, whether data is on premises in different continents, spread among various cloud providers or spanning hybrid environments. As a key element of September’s Project Metamorphosis Global release, events can now be streamed wherever they are needed, accelerating cloud migrations and making it faster and easier than ever to develop and deploy modern, event-driven applications. Confluent Platform 6.0 also delivers across previous phases of Project Metamorphosis, enhancing Apache Kafka® with greater elasticity, improved cost-effectiveness, and infinite data retention.

“The data that today’s businesses are built on has become more distributed geographically and across different cloud environments, making it harder to bring together in a meaningful way,” said Jay Kreps, co-founder and CEO, Confluent. “Event streaming has emerged as the platform that connects real-time data from every part of an organization for a company to act as one to build world-class applications.”

Solace Announces Tool Capable of Discovering, Cataloging, and Visualizing Apache Kafka Topologies

Solace, a leading provider of event streaming and management capabilities through its PubSub+ Platform, today announced new tooling within its event lifecycle management product, PubSub+ Event Portal, which will make it easier for developers and architects to discover, catalog, govern, and visualize Apache Kafka event streams, including those from Confluent and Amazon MSK. The release builds on the success of an early access program launched in the spring, through which prospective customers have been using the product and providing constant feedback.

PubSub+ Event Portal for Apache Kafka

“We’ve known for some time based on our interactions with customers and analysts that the ability to see and understand Kafka application architecture, and to lifecycle manage and re-use Kafka-sourced event streams, would be incredibly useful to enterprises with Kafka deployments,” said Solace’s Chief Technology Officer Shawn McAllister. “The early access program further validated this for us, and it’s helped us sharpen the toolset. We can’t wait to open this up to the market more broadly.”

Zendesk Debuts Sophisticated Real-Time Analytics Solution

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) announced the launch of Explore Enterprise, the newest solution within its service-first CRM platform, which enables companies to analyze real-time data in order to understand changing needs. As global ticket volume reaches record highs , leaders can use Explore Enterprise to share relevant insights instantly with other teams and departments, helping them make faster decisions to improve their entire customer experience.

“Customers are seeking more support from businesses than ever before, which is putting increased pressure on CX leaders and their teams,” said Shawna Wolverton, EVP of Product, Zendesk. “With Explore Enterprise, Zendesk gives companies the ability to analyze data in order to have a clear view of customer trends they are seeing across our Support and Sales Suites. These comprehensive insights allow businesses to quickly address emerging challenges and opportunities not just in customer service, but throughout their entire business.”

Pixspan Introduces Fast Multi-cloud Data Acceleration Software

Pixspan, Inc., the software company with the fast and easy data acceleration capabilities for moving any type of large data files on-premise and to, from, and within the cloud, announced that its PixMover™  software now provides multi-cloud support for public cloud and private cloud, including Amazon AWS S3 and Snowball, Microsoft Azure, Wasabi, and Wasabi Ball, all within a single solution. PixMover optimizes how users store, collaborate on, transfer, and manage data, and offers unique on-premise data solutions for full-resolution video and images. Pixspan’s software products accelerate and enhance cloud and on-premise workflows, offering unprecedented savings in time, storage and infrastructure costs. Now, with multi-cloud support in a single solution, PixMover provides companies with maximum flexibility to choose the cloud of their choice, all without requiring specialized knowledge or an expert skillset in any of the cloud platforms.

“Our industry-leading multi-cloud solution is essentially a superhighway for data transfer,” said Michael Rowny, chairman and chief executive officer of Pixspan. “PixMover eliminates gridlock by allowing more data traffic on the network and is the ideal alternative to the high cost of acquiring more equipment or upgrading network infrastructure. Further, with multi-cloud support and easy to use drag-and-drop functionality, our customers don’t need to be experts in all of the cloud platforms in order to move their data in and out of the cloud, which is a tremendous benefit.”

Rackspace Technology Announces Moogsoft AIOps Platform Integration into Rackspace Fabric

Rackspace Technology™ (NASDAQ: RXT) announced the latest release of Rackspace Fabric™ now includes the Moogsoft AIOps Platform, which applies artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to log, metric, trace and alert data to help resolve IT incidents faster and more effectively. The integration into Rackspace Fabric means Rackspace customers will experience increased uptime and fewer incident alerts by utilizing machine learning to solve IT problems.

Rackspace Fabric is a comprehensive platform that provides a unified approach to administrative tasks across multicloud environments. Many companies struggle to manage complex cloud environments with disjointed authentication systems, unreliable support, and disparate management capabilities. Rackspace Fabric simplifies the administration of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and VMware environments by providing consistent administrative and support capabilities across these technologies.

“Rackspace Fabric takes everything we’ve learned over the last 20 years about operating mission critical applications, combines it with the latest cloud technologies, and weaves it all together into one platform — one fabric — which we use as the foundation for our service delivery,” said Tolga Tarhan, Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace Technology. “The integration of Moogsoft AIOps incorporates comprehensive AI and ML capabilities enabling cross-services visibility to enhance incident response and increase uptime across our customers’ cloud environments. As these cloud environments become increasingly self-healing, the pace of innovation increases, and customers are freed to focus more resources to build and deliver more quickly for their end-users.”

Rockset Transforms Real-Time Analytics with New Tools for Developer Velocity

Rockset, the real-time indexing database company, released a new ecosystem of developer tools that integrate with industry-standard workflows to increase developer velocity for real-time analytics projects. Modern real-time data applications — such as customer 360, real-time A/B experiments, fraud detection and personalization — help companies accelerate growth and revenue in the digital economy. Rockset enables real-time analytics at cloud scale, without operational burden, and was founded by the creators of open source RocksDB.

“To date, real-time analytics has never been built with developers in mind. Query Lambdas are an industry-first shift to better serve the developer community and accelerate API development. With this release, real-time analytics elegantly fits with modern serverless apps and GraphQL. It allows developers to take full advantage of the power and flexibility of SQL,” said Venkat Venkataramani, co-founder and CEO of Rockset. “As we realize a more data-driven future, we have to remove the operational burden and simplify the process of building modern applications that need real-time analytics. Developers should be bottlenecked only by their own creativity and not what their underlying data infrastructure can do.”

ScyllaDB Announces Scylla Enterprise 2020 NoSQL Database

ScyllaDB announced Scylla Enterprise 2020, the latest major release of its high-performance NoSQL database for real-time big data workloads. As ScyllaDB’s premium database product, Scylla Enterprise offers the highest level of performance, scale, security and availability. New production-ready features in Scylla Enterprise 2020 provide greater consistency, new querying capabilities, an Amazon DynamoDB-compatible API and numerous product enhancements. Scylla Enterprise is a drop-in replacement for Apache Cassandra and Amazon DynamoDB, delivering better, more consistent performance, significantly lower total cost of ownership and greater deployment flexibility. Scylla Enterprise 2020 extends Scylla’s already impressive advantages over Cassandra, including the ability to scale up to any number of cores, multi-petabyte capacity with nodes as large as 60TB, built-in schedulers, unified cache and self-tuning operations.

“After 5,568 commits from five open source releases, we’re excited to now move forward with Scylla Enterprise 2020,” said Dor Laor, CEO and co-founder, ScyllaDB. “Our superior performance and lower total cost of ownership have led so many Cassandra users to migrate to Scylla, and we now expect the same shift from users of Amazon DynamoDB. Developers don’t want to be locked into a single platform, especially one that’s so expensive.”

Uptake launches new product, Uptake Scout – The Data Science Studio

Uptake announced its launch of a new product called Uptake Scout – The Data Science Studio that puts all the tools to create state-of-the-art industrial analytics into the hands of customers. Uptake’s trusted platform currently powers thousands of pre-built data science models, but now Uptake Scout allows users to quickly and intuitively configure and deploy custom models and automated anomaly detection alerts. Uptake Scout has the horsepower to address the needs of seasoned analytics professionals, while also having a simple and intuitive user interface. Coding or advanced statistics skills are no longer required to unleash the value hidden in industrial data.

“Leveraging our 30 and counting patents, the Uptake team continues innovating our product portfolio and delivering new apps like Uptake Scout with great collaboration from our user community,” shared Brad Keywell, Founder & CEO, Uptake.

BigID Introduces Hyperscan(™) for Speeding Unstructured File Scans at Scale

BigID, a leader in data discovery and intelligence for privacy, protection and perspective, introduced Hyperscan technology for scanning large volumes of unstructured file data in the data center or cloud at petabyte scale.  BigID’s Hyperscan leverages BigID developed ML to dramatically expedite the classification, cataloging and correlation of sensitive data in high volume file stores like O365, Sharepoint, Box, GDrive, S3, NetApp, EMC, HDFS for the purposes of data compliance, privacy, remediation, access governance, cloud migration, minimization or retention.

“Hyperscan is a transformative step that enables organizations to save up to 95% of their scan time for historically problematic unstructured files” explained Nimrod Vax, Head of Product and co-founder of BigID. “By applying BigID developed ML intelligence to vast amounts of data across the organization, BigID enables organizations to know what’s in their file stores faster and in so doing simplify compliance, privacy, cloud migration and governance.”

Cloudera Data Platform for Private Cloud Now Available

Cloudera, (NYSE: CLDR), the enterprise data cloud company, announced the general availability of Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud (CDP Private Cloud). CDP Private Cloud extends cloud-native speed, simplicity and economics for the connected data lifecycle to the data center, enabling IT to respond to business needs faster and deliver rock-solid service levels so people can be more productive with data.

“CDP Private Cloud data analytics experiences help people, teams and businesses work smarter, not harder,” said Anupam Singh, chief customer officer, Cloudera. “People are more productive because they have self-service access to the data and analytics they need to work more efficiently. Teams are more collaborative because they can quickly access and share data anywhere. Businesses are more agile because they make decisions faster and better with CDP Private Cloud’s powerful data analytics experiences.” 

Olea Edge Analytics Launches CityEdge, a Platform to Recover Revenue for Cities

Olea Edge Analytics, an intelligent edge computing platform for the water utility industry, announced the launch of CityEdge, a combination of blockchain technology, AI and machine learning that unlocks much-needed revenue for cash-strapped cities. Municipal officials face huge deficits brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are limited options to close the revenue gap. However, one of those options comes from a surprising source: repairing broken or malfunctioning commercial water meters. CityEdge notifies customers of water infrastructure issues more quickly than current crews can find them, allowing utilities to fix them fast and recover lost revenue. Best of all, the money identified and recovered by CityEdge can be repurposed to any city project immediately, bypassing the prolonged search for funding that slows most major initiatives.

“People are surprised to learn that they can make these simple repairs and turn that money into a catalyst for much-needed projects,” Olea Edge Analytics CEO Dave Mackie said. “Everyone is looking for an edge in funding, especially during these economic times. This platform gives them that.”

4D Sight’s AI Platform Delivers New Native Ads in Live-Streamed Sports & Esports—All in Real Time

4D Sight, a participant in the elite UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator program, announced the rollout of its AI and cloud-based content monetization platform which integrates non-intrusive, native ads into live-streamed and pre-recorded sports and esports videos–in real time. This solution is already being used by Activision Blizzard for its upcoming Call of Duty League. In addition,140+ esport teams are using the platform to monetize and enhance their livestream gameplays, and as COVID-19 paused many traditional sports, prestigious leagues and teams–including the Washington Football Club–have turned to the 4D Sight solution to increase their ad capacity.

“We empower content creators by offering new revenue streams that won’t jeopardize the audience experience, so they can thrive. Interruptive ads hurt the content, audience, and brand equity because they are forced and irritating,” said Erhan Ciris, 4D Sight CEO and Founder. “By placing ads in context, we build trust and long-term loyalty with digital communities.”

Qubole Democratizes Access to Real-Time Streaming Data with Qubole Pipelines Service

Qubole, the open date lake company, launched Qubole Pipelines Service, a new offering that makes it much easier and faster for customers to build robust, scalable streaming data pipelines and capitalize on the rapid growth of real-time data in their businesses. With Qubole Pipelines Service, data teams can now build, test, deploy, monitor and manage hundreds of streaming data pipelines from a single platform, resulting in increased productivity, greater innovation and reduced operating costs.

“Today, organizations continue  to struggle with stream processing at scale, and we found that they needed a comprehensive solution that would tackle the most complex pain points around reliability, scalability and cost efficiencies,” said Joydeep Sarma, CTO and co-founder at Qubole. “Through our extensive discussions with Qubole’s customer and partner ecosystems, we knew that solving these problems was a large undertaking. The arrival of Pipelines Service not only equips data teams and engineers with the most comprehensive solution to quickly build streaming data pipelines and analyze massive streams of data And it also underscores Qubole’s longstanding tradition of providing businesses with an open data lake platform for batch and streaming analytics.”

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