WekaIO, Dasher | July 21, 2020
WekaIO™, the innovation leader in high-performance and scalable file storage, announced today that WeRide, a smart mobility company with industry-leading autonomous driving technologies, has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS™), the world’s fastest shared parallel file system from WekaIO, to manage its artificial intelligence (AI) data pipeline from the edge to the core to the cloud. WeRide implemented WekaFS using a hybrid model to manage compute and storage resources both on-premises using commodity Intel x86-based servers and in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. WeRide chose WekaFS because it presented a hardware-agnostic solution that was also the most cost-efficient, delivering high-bandwidth I/O to the company’s GPU farm for high performance with mixed workloads.
WeRide is a multi-faceted AI startup that works on advanced research and development (R&D) cycles for Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving vehicles and on partnerships with transportation platform providers that support robotaxi services for commuters. The company processes data at the petabyte (PB) level with a daily mix of large video and image files generated from mapping the operational design domain for the robotaxi service. The images are collected from more than 2 million kilometers of driving distance. WeRide produces millions of high-quality labeling data that is annotated at the core, trained by the AI model on the cloud-based cluster, and fed back to the on-premises AI engine.
DigiPlex | September 08, 2020
DigiPlex, the Nordic leader for sustainable, innovative, and secure data centers, today opened a second data center at Fetsund in Lillestrøm municipality. The new data center is 2,200 sqm and will serve the increasing demand for sustainable and secure data center capacity in Norway. DigiPlex now operates six data centers located in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The new facility is built to support 3 MW and is engineered for very high levels of service availability. Through DigiPlex' Nordic Connect Platform, customers will also be able to operate dual site solutions for added security and significantly reduced risk of downtime. The majority of the site is already reserved for global customers but offers expansion possibilities to house additional customers.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
Equifax | August 17, 2021
Equifax (NYSE: EFX) has partnered with Snowflake to make select differentiated data assets rapidly and securely available through Snowflake Data Marketplace. Snowflake Data Marketplace offers a frictionless data sharing experience with no data transfer or integration requirements, enabling data scientists, business intelligence and analytics professionals access to live and ready-to-query data from Equifax for smarter decision making. Customers can now leverage Snowflake's Data Cloud to rapidly obtain anonymized Equifax Analytic Dataset™ consumer and loan-level credit data, U.S. Consumer Credit Trends macro-level information, B2bConnect™ commercial marketing data, IXI™ economic data, and unique property and housing data for new decision intelligence.
"Equifax understands that to be successful and to achieve repeatable, profitable and sustainable business growth, our customers need to be able to make predictive and informed decisions quickly," said Joy Wilder Lybeer, United States Information Solutions (USIS) Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Equifax. "By bringing our unique data to Snowflake Data Marketplace, we're meeting organizations with the insights they need through their channels of choice - making critical insights more easily available to more customers in a highly secure environment. "
Equifax participation in Snowflake Data Marketplace is enabled by the Equifax Cloud™, the foundation of the Equifax business. The Equifax datasets now available on Snowflake Data Marketplace include:
U.S. Consumer Credit Trends, for unique perspective from Equifax into anonymous, time-series credit data, specifically attributed for trending, market analysis, benchmarking and research purposes. Insights available on the Snowflake platform include consumer auto loan and lease activity, first mortgage originations and delinquencies, and student or personal loan trends.
Analytic Dataset, an unbiased, anonymized statistical sample of loan-level credit data representing the U.S. credit active population, enabling users to better model delinquency, default, loss severity and prepayment.
B2bConnect commercial marketing data, including verified firmographic information on more than 30 million U.S. businesses, such as vertical industry coding, revenues, number of employees, corporate hierarchy, and many other valuable attributes for better targeting of revenue-generating activities.
IXI economic data from our exclusive network of more than 95 leading financial institutions. Equifax directly measures about $20 trillion in anonymous U.S. consumer assets and investments, representing over 45 percent of all U.S. consumer invested assets. IXI data available through Snowflake includes Affluence Index™ consumer spending estimates and Income360™ household income estimates.
Property and housing data, including National Property Insights for a comprehensive look at public record data on residential properties across the U.S. and Housing Characteristics from County Assessor offices.
"Equifax and Snowflake share the understanding that more data enables better decisions," said Matt Glickman, VP of Customer Product Strategy, Financial Services, at Snowflake. "Snowflake Data Marketplace is designed to deliver data at scale in the Data Cloud without compromising data privacy and security. Inclusion of Equifax datasets supports Snowflake customer demand for differentiated data across industries that drives decision intelligence."
Rigorous data security, compliance and governance standards are the hallmark of Equifax participation in data marketplaces.
ABOUT EQUIFAX INC.
At Equifax (NYSE: EFX), we believe knowledge drives progress. As a global data, analytics, and technology company, we play an essential role in the global economy by helping financial institutions, companies, employers, and government agencies make critical decisions with greater confidence. Our unique blend of differentiated data, analytics, and cloud technology drives insights to power decisions to move people forward. Headquartered in Atlanta and supported by more than 12,000 employees worldwide, Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.