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Interview: Haoyuan Li, Founder and CTO of Alluxio

I recently caught up with Haoyuan Li, Founder and CTO of Alluxio to examine the next critical piece in the data evolution: Data Orchestration – the missing piece in building hybrid and multi-cloud analytical architectures. Haoyuan Li received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley AMPLab, in Computer Science. At the AMPLab, he created Alluxio (formerly Tachyon) Open Source Data Orchestration System, co-created Apache Spark Streaming, and became an Apache Spark founding committer.

Serverless Data: The Winning Cloud Adoption Strategy

In this special guest feature, Venkat Venkataramani, Co-founder and CEO for Rockset, explores the benefits of serverless with a focus on the top pain points that serverless technology eliminates, so that developers can focus on creativity and how they can improve their apps. Serverless technology is the absence of technology, rather than the presence of capabilities. The main benefit of serverless technology is that it allows developers to build their application dashboards without being tied down by complexities and without having to consider any problems caused by servers.

Quilt Data Launches, Introduces Visual Index to Amazon’s Public Data

Quilt Data, where the world’s data comes together, launched and announced an index to Amazon’s public cloud data (open.quiltdata.com), enabling organizations globally to discover and share petabytes of data. The world’s cloud data is already larger than the world wide web and projected to expand 100 times over in the next five years. For the first time, Quilt enables anyone to search, understand and explore this vast universe of data with a standard web browser.

Streaming Cloud Integration: Key Data Considerations for Hybrid and Multicloud Architectures

A new white paper from Striim explores why hybrid-cloud, multicloud, or inter-cloud architecture strategies all need a modern, real-time data integration solution that keeps up with the speed of business. Striim is uniquely qualified to help make the journey to cloud fast and smooth. Striim simplifies moving real-time data across a diverse set of data sources and cloud targets with high-performance, security, and reliability.

Digital Transformation Projects Continue to be at Risk, Couchbase Research Finds

Despite rising optimism in digital transformation, the vast majority of organizations are still suffering failure, delays or scaled back expectations from digital transformation projects, research from Couchbase has found. In the survey of 450 heads of digital transformation in enterprises across the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, 73 percent of organizations have made “significant” or better improvements to the end-user experience in their organization through digital innovation. Twenty-two percent say they have transformed or completely “revolutionized” end-user experience, representing a marked increase over Couchbase’s 2017 survey (15 percent).

The Massive Risk of Lock-In: How Wall Street Future-Proofs their Move to the Public Cloud

In this contributed article, Matthew Baird, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of AtScale, highlights how few statements strike fear in an IT leader’s heart like “lock-in” because in most cases you’re not aware you’re locked in until you encounter a problem big enough that you are forced to reconsider your original decision. It’s at that point one of your architects drops the bomb: Changing that code/system/vendor is going to be a year-long multi-million-dollar project.

NuoDB 4.0 Expands Cloud-native and Cloud-agnostic Capabilities of Distributed SQL Database

NuoDB, the distributed SQL database company, unveiled NuoDB 4.0, featuring expanded cloud-native and cloud-agnostic capabilities with support for Kubernetes Operators and Google Cloud and Azure public clouds. This includes the recently announced Kubernetes Operator to simplify and automate database deployments in Red Hat OpenShift.

Benefits to Consider from a Multi-Cloud Approach

In this contributed article, Bill Fenick, Vice President, Enterprise for Interxion, believes that the cloud is undoubtedly the future within business – and we’re already seeing it evolve. Businesses that adapt to the evolving cloud and adopt a multi-cloud strategy will gain an edge over their competition, while those that don’t will find themselves left behind.

Ascend Creates Automated and Intelligent Dataflows to Power Successful Digital Transformations

Ascend, provider of the Autonomous Dataflow Service, emerged from stealth with $19M in funding to de-risk big data projects and accelerate digital transformations. Ascend operates the only solution with which data engineering teams can quickly build, scale, and operate continuously optimized, Apache Spark-based pipelines. By combining declarative configurations and deep automation, the Ascend Service manages cloud infrastructure, optimizes pipelines, and eliminates maintenance across the entire data lifecycle.

Alluxio Delivers First Data Orchestration Platform Powering Multi-cloud Analytics and AI

Alluxio, developer of open source data orchestration technology used by seven of the world’s top 10 Internet companies, announced the availability of Alluxio 2.0 with breakthrough innovations for data engineers managing and deploying analytical and AI workloads in the cloud, particularly for hybrid and multi-cloud environments.