BIG DATA MANAGEMENT

Aunalytics Leverages Alluxio As A “One-Stop-Shop” for Data I/O with Faster Analytics

Alluxio | August 03, 2021

Alluxio, the developer of open source data orchestration software for large-scale workloads, today announced that Aunalytics, a leading data platform company delivering Insights-as-a-Service for enterprise businesses, deployed Alluxio’s Data Orchestration platform as a key component of its digital transformation strategy resulting in an up to 90% post-migration reduction of their data movement/copy requirements and improved compute and delivery times by up to 30%.

As an early adopter of Hadoop technologies, Aunalytics generated operational overhead it was now looking to eliminate. Aunalytics planned to implement the next generation of its compute platform which sought to completely segregate storage, compute, and delivery for ease of development and scale, with an adaptive data platform (Aunsight™) which is capable of submitting workloads to many compute services sourcing data from many storage environments.

Challenged with centralizing on a well-known storage environment such as NFS, iSCSI, etc. which would be fraught with performance, consistency, and concurrency issues; or adopting a many/any storage environment with a single point of access for those systems, the team adopted Alluxio. This provided a centralized data I/O interface to simplify integrations with newer compute engines going forward.

“The combination of Aunalytics cloud-native data analytics platform coupled with Alluxio’s open-source data orchestration software enables customers to harness the power of universal data access across all data sources and derive AI-driven answers for competitive advantage,” said Tom Panozzo, Analytics Cloud CTO, Aunalytics.

Alluxio presents Aunalytics compute environments with a single point of access for all stored data regardless of its volume, velocity, or storage I/O performance capabilities. This allows the team’s developers to focus on analytics integrations irrespective of storage environment limitations or compatibility. Alluxio is the primary data access and write mechanism for the batch compute environment, dynamic query environment, and primary product DaybreakTM.

“Alluxio has allowed the Aunalytics team to leverage its existing legacy Hadoop storage, new private-cloud storage, and future bulk object storage for cost-efficient, scalable storage flexibility over time,” said John Mracek, SVP, Sales and Marketing, Alluxio. “Aunalytics avoids the complexity of supporting legacy environments as the platform continues to evolve. We are excited to further our collaboration with Aunalytics as they continue to leverage open source compute projects adjacent to the Daybreak product, supported by Aunsight and Alluxio, in the AI workspace to deliver collective products.”

About Alluxio
Alluxio is the creator of open source data orchestration software for hybrid cloud environments. Alluxio orchestrates data closer to data analytics and AI/ML applications in any cloud across clusters, regions, and countries, providing memory-speed data access. Intelligent data tiering and data management deliver consistently higher performance to customers in financial services, high tech, retail, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals industries. Alluxio is in production use today at seven out of the top ten internet companies. Venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Seven Seas Partners, and Volcanics Venture. Alluxio was founded at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab by the creators of the Tachyon open source project.

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BayBridgeDigital Expands Partnership With Snowflake To Turn Data Into Insights For Salesforce Customers

BayBridgeDigital | December 15, 2022

BayBridgeDigital, the game-changing software company, announced the expansion of their partnership with snowflake, the Data Cloud company, to simplify business data pipelines and optimize data stored in the cloud for Salesforce customers. The partnership will allow salesforce customers to help their clients build data-based technology solutions. We’re excited to expand our partnership with Snowflake to give our Salesforce customers better experiences and the opportunity to better leverage their data. Alain Attias, CEO at BayBridgeDigital BayBridgeDigital is strengthening its cloud solutions across the retail industry by combining Snowflake’s single, integrated platform with Salesforce clouds to allow customers to drive real-time and seamless customer-centric outcomes. “We look forward to the continuation of our partnership with BayBridgeDigital as we work together to unlock new value for customers and assist them in their digital journeys” Edouard Beaucourt, Country Manager of France at Snowflake.

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Tellius Enhances Decision Intelligence Platform to Unify Insights Across Disparate Datasets

Tellius | November 10, 2022

Tellius today announced the latest version of its decision intelligence platform with new features including Multi-Business View Vizpads. The enhancements in Tellius 4.0 will help users unify insights for more holistic views, accelerate ad hoc analysis in an enterprise-controlled manner, and get faster onboarding and time to insights. Introducing Multi-Business View Vizpads As the number of dashboards grow in a company, so does the amount of context switching and stitchwork to get the full picture of what is happening in the business to make better decisions. As a result, most organizations today are experiencing disconnected decision-making—leading to missed opportunities to increase revenue and improve customer retention. To reduce this friction, Tellius has added Multi-Business View Vizpads (MBV Vizpads) to its platform, unifying analysis across disparate data sources. Now, users can gain greater visibility into data across sources without needing to toggle through multiple dashboards, enabling better collaboration, efficiency, and decision-making across different functions. For example, marketing teams could use MBV Vizpads to view Google Analytics site traffic alongside Salesforce data for an omni-view of the journey from visitor to prospect to customer, all in one place. This data can then be fed into Tellius’ AI-driven decision intelligence engine to uncover the what, why, and how that informs better business decisions. “Tellius recognizes that business decisions are rarely narrow in scope, so the new ability for VizPads to work across Business Views is important. But I think they go further than just decision support — it’s decision management. For a well-governed business, the ability to track and evaluate outcomes is just as critical as the decision itself," said Donald Farmer, a data and analytics product expert and Principal at TreeHive Strategy Services. Delivering enterprise-grade ad hoc analysis and faster time to insights In addition to introducing MBV Vizpads, Tellius also rolled out a host of other features, including: Guided walkthroughs, in-app chat, and feedback support to improve the onboarding and user experience, empowering customers to realize value from insights faster than ever before Enhanced search disambiguation and date operators to make Tellius’ search functionality more robust Default User Groups, Spark SQL support, and OAuth support for Snowflake Audit logs to deliver superior enterprise-grade decision intelligence capabilities. This platform enhancement news comes on the heels of Tellius’ $16 million Series B funding round led by Baird Capital. Tellius also received significant industry recognition for its decision intelligence platform this year, including being named a Visionary in the 2022 Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM for Analytics and BI Platforms and a representative vendor in the 2022 Gartner® Market Guide for Multipersona Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms. “We’ve made a fundamental shift by simplifying how users interact with Tellius. Multi-Business View Vizpads will empower business users to analyze insights across disconnected and disparate data models to unlock game-changing holistic decision-making,” said Hardik Chheda, Chief Product Officer at Tellius. “We will continue to invest in the entire user journey on our platform - with a core focus on user onboarding, supercharging our ad-hoc analysis capabilities, and adding robust enterprise capabilities.” About Tellius Tellius is an AI-driven decision intelligence platform that enables anyone to get faster insights from their data. The company helps organizations across industries, including financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences, retail, healthcare, and high technology, accelerate their journey from data to decisions by augmenting human expertise and curiosity with intelligent automation. The company’s platform combines AI- and ML-driven automation with a search interface for ad hoc exploration, allowing users to ask questions of their business data, analyze billions of records in seconds, and gain comprehensive, automated insights in a single platform. Founded in 2016, Tellius is backed by Baird Capital, Sands Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, and Veraz Investments.

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Opaque Systems, Pioneer in Confidential Computing, Unveils the First Multi-Party Confidential AI and Analytics Platform

Opaque Systems | December 08, 2022

Opaque Systems, the pioneers of secure multi-party analytics and AI for Confidential Computing, today announced the latest advancements in Confidential AI and Analytics with the unveiling of its platform. The Opaque platform, built to unlock use cases in Confidential Computing, is created by the inventors of the popular MC2 open source project which was conceived in the RISELab at UC Berkeley. The Opaque Platform uniquely enables data scientists within and across organizations to securely share data and perform collaborative analytics directly on encrypted data protected by Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs). The platform further accelerates Confidential Computing use cases by enabling data scientists to leverage their existing SQL and Python skills to run analytics and machine learning while working with confidential data, overcoming the data analytics challenges inherent in TEEs due to their strict protection of how data is accessed and used. The Opaque platform advancements come on the heels of Opaque announcing its $22M Series A funding, Confidential Computing – projected to be a $54B market by 2026 by the Everest Group – provides a solution using TEEs or 'enclaves' that encrypt data during computation, isolating it from access, exposure and threats. However, TEEs have historically been challenging for data scientists due to the restricted access to data, lack of tools that enable data sharing and collaborative analytics, and the highly specialized skills needed to work with data encrypted in TEEs. The Opaque Platform overcomes these challenges by providing the first multi-party confidential analytics and AI solution that makes it possible to run frictionless analytics on encrypted data within TEEs, enable secure data sharing, and for the first time, enable multiple parties to perform collaborative analytics while ensuring each party only has access to the data they own. "Traditional approaches for protecting data and managing data privacy leave data exposed and at risk when being processed by applications, analytics, and machine learning (ML) models, The Opaque Confidential AI and Analytics Platform solves this challenge by enabling data scientists and analysts to perform scalable, secure analytics and machine learning directly on encrypted data within enclaves to unlock Confidential Computing use cases." -Rishabh Poddar, Co-founder & CEO, Opaque Systems. Strict privacy regulations result in sensitive data being difficult to access and analyze, said a Data Science Leader at a top US bank. New multi-party secure analytics and computational capabilities and Privacy Enhancing Technology from Opaque Systems will significantly improve the accuracy of AI/ML/NLP models and speed insights. The Opaque Confidential AI and Analytics Platform is designed to specifically ensure that both code and data within enclaves are inaccessible to other users or processes that are collocated on the system. Organizations can encrypt their confidential data on-premises, accelerate the transition of sensitive workloads to enclaves in Confidential Computing Clouds, and analyze encrypted data while ensuring it is never unencrypted during the lifecycle of the computation. Key capabilities and advancements include: Secure, Multi-Party Collaborative Analytics – Multiple data owners can pool their encrypted data together in the cloud, and jointly analyze the collective data without compromising confidentiality. Policy enforcement capabilities ensure the data owned by each party is never exposed to other data owners. Secure Data Sharing and Data Privacy – Teams across departments and across organizations can securely share data protected in TEEs while adhering to regulatory and compliance policies. Use cases requiring confidential data sharing include financial crime, drug research, ad targeting monetization and more. Data Protection Throughout the Lifecycle – Protects all sensitive data, including PII and SHI data, using advanced encryption and secure hardware enclave technology, throughout the lifecycle of computation—from data upload, to analytics and insights. Multi-tiered Security, Policy Enforcement, and Governance – Leverages multiple layers of security, including Intel® Software Guard Extensions, secure enclaves, advanced cryptography and policy enforcement to provide defense in depth, ensuring code integrity, data, and side-channel attack protection. Scalability and Orchestration of Enclave Clusters – Provides distributed confidential data processing across managed TEE clusters and automates orchestration of clusters overcoming performance and scaling challenges and supports secure inter-enclave communication. Confidential Computing is supported by all major cloud vendors including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services and major chip manufacturers including Intel and AMD. About Opaque Systems: Commercializing the open source MC2 technology invented at UC Berkeley by its founders, Opaque System provides the first collaborative analytics and AI platform for Confidential Computing. Opaque uniquely enables data to be securely shared and analyzed by multiple parties while maintaining complete confidentiality and protecting data end-to-end. The Opaque Platform leverages a novel combination of two key technologies layered on top of state-of-the-art cloud security—secure hardware enclaves and cryptographic fortification. This combination ensures that the overall computation is secure, fast, and scalable. The MC2 technology and Opaque innovation has already been adopted by several organizations, such as Ant Group, IBM, Scotiabank, and Ericsson.

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AllCloud Launches Matillion One Click Solution to Accelerate Cloud Data Analytics

AllCloud | November 14, 2022

AllCloud, a global cloud services company AWS Premier Partner and Snowflake Premier Partner, announces the launch of the Matillion One Click solution, its latest Solutions Factory offering. AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution is an IP-led solution that accelerates customers’ journey to the cloud for data analytics by helping them acquire data faster and at scale, reducing the amount of time it takes to fully productionize their Matillion instances by 75%. AllCloud is a Platinum Matillion Partner. Matillion helps a company turn its raw data into timely and meaningful information. Its ETL tool integrates with an extensive list of pre-built data source connectors, loads the data into a cloud environment, and performs the transformations necessary in order to make data consumable by analytics tools such as Sigma, Tableau, Power BI, and more. One of the challenges with ETL tools is that line-of-business leaders don’t understand the complexity of acquiring data, bringing it into a data warehouse and making it accessible. It’s an onerous process that can take a company months to achieve. With AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution, companies can accomplish this goal in a matter of weeks, showing value to the business faster. AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution complements Matillion’s ETL by adding six (6) critical components needed to fully productize their Matillion instance. Clients are now able to: rapidly setup and configure the initial deployment and configuration; automate the setup and maintenance of data pipelines and quality checks; automate testing of changes and promotions; monitor job, server, costs and performance; increase team productivity through CICD and Git integration; and manage upgrades and disaster recovery. “AllCloud is focused on accelerating our customers’ journey to the cloud, whether that journey involves AWS, Salesforce or data analytics. “AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution greatly enhances our ability to provide clients with data that is business-ready so they may realize increased revenues, find new revenue streams, improve margins and create a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” Dave Taddei, SVP, Data and Analytics Practice, North America, at AllCloud The AllCloud Matillion One Click solution is part of AllCloud’s Solution Factory. The AllCloud Solutions Factory supports every stage of a company’s cloud journey, from migration and modernization to security, compliance and DevOps, while optimizing cost and governance. About AllCloud AllCloud is a global professional and managed services company providing organizations with the tools for cloud enablement and transformation. Through a unique combination of expertise and agility, AllCloud accelerates cloud innovation and helps organizations fully unlock the value received from the cloud. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, a Salesforce Platinum Partner and Snowflake Premier Partner, AllCloud helps clients connect their front office and back office by building a new operating model that allows them to harness the benefits of cloud technology and data analytics. With the incorporation of our IP-based solutions into customer’s roadmaps, AllCloud also enables an increased productivity engine for clients and allows them to achieve operational excellence on the cloud, with a secure environment, at every milestone of their journey to becoming cloud first.

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