VAST Data | May 23, 2022
VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, today announced the latest versions of Universal Storage, bringing enhanced enterprise security features, performance and scale to its flagship software offering. With an install base of multiple exabytes and an annual growth rate of 300%, customers are continually challenging VAST with new feature requests to power their data-intensive use cases. This release, in total, represents more than 30 new features that have been directly requested by VAST customers. Testament to VAST’s distinguished R&D team, the average turnaround of “feature request to code” is four months.
“Since our founding, we have always maintained a customer-first mindset, continuously adding new features and functionality at a rapid pace to solve their ever-growing and changing application needs. Ultimately, we work to foster a close collaboration with our customers whose use cases are our product’s North Star. This level of agility is never seen from legacy providers of data infrastructure. Our responsive approach not only helps our customers manage their data easier, it also creates long-term business partnerships with customers and the broader market that is good for VAST.”
Jeff Denworth, co-founder of VAST Data
VAST’s Universal Storage data platform provides customers with a cloud-native containerized storage architecture, and eliminates storage tiering to unleash insights on their massive reserves of data. Versions 4.2 and 4.3 expand on an already stellar feature set, while continuing to deliver increased functionality, scalability and security features — and still improving system performance. Notable features in the latest release include:
VAST expands protection against ransomware attacks with Object Locks. Customers can set policies on buckets and objects to make them immutable, preventing users and applications from deleting or modifying an object before its expiry. Admins can also use S3 bucket policies to define permissions, enabling secure identity and access management.
Now generally available in Universal Storage, Indestructible Snapshots provide an additional layer of protection that safeguards immutable snapshots and policies from sophisticated external or internal attackers.
Compliance with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, using validated cryptographic libraries for encryption at rest.
Flexible Cloud Data Management
One platform that integrates S3 bucket management for integrated file and object storage. Customers can easily share data between file and object storage protocols — Universal Storage is the only platform that provides this functionality, giving customers the best of both worlds. Check out this blog post and deep-dive demo.
Further improvements to VAST’s centralized Uplink Cloud Management system include integration with Zendesk, providing customers with a smooth and intuitive support experience to create, track and manage their support tickets. For more information about VAST’s Uplink Cloud Management service, check out this blog post and deep-dive demo.
Enhanced Performance for Secure Protocols
Support for NFS4 over RDMA, delivering a performance boost for NFS4. By extending NFS4 over RDMA, VAST is increasing speed while providing customers with an enhanced security blanket via a Kerberized connection. VAST is the only vendor to accelerate NFS4 with RDMA, making it possible to power high-performance high-scale HPC, AI, media and analytics workloads with a simple and secure client interface.
About VAST Data
VAST Data delivers the data platform at the heart of the AI-powered world, accelerating time-to-insight for workload-intensive applications. The performance, scalability, ease of use and cost efficiencies of VAST’s software helps enterprise organizations overcome the historic barriers to building all-flash data centers. Founded in 2019, VAST is the fastest-selling data infrastructure startup in history.
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HealthWorksAI | December 30, 2021
HealthWorksAI™, an industry-leading Healthcare analytics company, announces the launch of the 2nd generation of their state-of-the-art xAI program. It's an advanced analytical approach that collects and processes data, generating in-depth market analysis which standard models do not uncover. Allowing data scientists an efficient way to measure the impact of various plan attributes/factors, xAI provides a better understanding of the correlation between plan features and beneficiary preference. It also provides insights into the influence of multiple verticals at the market level. The models are then combined with the human-computer interface (HCI) features capable of translating models into practical explanations for end users.
"We use a combination of Rule-based algorithms, Random Forest, and Artificial Neural Networks to develop our proprietary prediction, classification, and performance metrics. Advanced analytics & xAI comes to play in the modeling and evaluation phases of data mining. To achieve this, we use LIME and DeepLIFT, as an example, to achieve far superior results."
Shreya, Data Scientist of HealthWorksAI™
The xAI program, released in early 2021, has been a huge success for HealthWorksAI, leading as their most subscribed platform module in its first year. The 2nd generation, which will see releases begin in early Q2, includes multiple platform enhancements as well as new approaches to xAI methodologies.
"We're excited to announce the expansion of our xAI program for MA Payors," noted Jereme Ayers, Chief Growth Officer of HealthWorksAI. "One of the defining aspects of our company is the partnership our clients provide. We appreciate their faith and confidence and look forward to delivering even more for them in 2022!"
HealthWorksAI™ is a privately held healthcare data analytics company in the US that provides healthcare payors with rapid access to very efficient and insightful Medicare Advantage market data, accurate predictions, and a reliable single source of truth for strategic decision-making.
Tetra Tech | March 09, 2022
Tetra Tech, Inc. , a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services, announced today that it has acquired Axiom Data Science, an industry leader in the management and analysis of oceanic and ecological data associated with climate change. Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, Axiom conducts climate science modeling to help clients manage, integrate, and visualize large-scale complex data sets that are essential to addressing climate change.
“Tetra Tech leverages digital technology using our Leading with Science® approach to provide clients with sustainable and resilient solutions and support decision-making on projects around the world. The addition of Axiom Data Science expands our high-end advanced analytics capabilities in oceans and ecosystems to advance climate science for clients, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”
Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO
Rob Bochenek, Axiom Founder and CEO, said, “We are honored to join Tetra Tech and work with their exceptional team of scientists and engineers to provide best-in-class data analytics solutions to address climate change impacts. By joining Tetra Tech, we will further enhance our ability to provide highly specialized solutions to our clients, while offering new opportunities for our employees to work on water and environment programs worldwide.”
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Axiom Data Science is joining Tetra Tech’s Government Services Group.
About Tetra Tech
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With 21,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and international development. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
About Axiom Data Science
Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Axiom Data Science is an informatics and software development firm focused on developing scalable solutions for data management, integration, and visualization. Axiom supports federal, private, academic, and non-governmental organizations in the ecological, geological, and ocean sciences organizations to improve the long-term management and impact of their scientific data resources.
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Hightouch | April 18, 2022
The leading company in the Reverse ETL space, Hightouch, has launched its Data Activation Platform. Data Activation is the method of unlocking the knowledge sorted within your data warehouse, and making it actionable by your business users in the end tools they use every day. In doing so, Data Activation helps bring data people toward the center of the business and directly ties their work to business outcomes.
"When we first started this company, people called our product Reverse ETL because they thought Hightouch simply replicated data from the warehouse into different SaaS tools like Salesforce, which is reminiscent of ETL but just the reverse," explains Co-Founder and Co-CEO Kashish Gupta. "But over time, those very same customers came back and kept finding new use cases for the Hightouch product, and our team kept executing to fill those needs, fast forward a year and a half and Hightouch became a Data Activation Platform with 5 core frameworks."
So, why "The Data Activation Company"? Gupta explains: "Data Activation is the next step in the modern data stack. Instead of simply analyzing data to make data-informed decisions, data activation shifts the focus from understanding data to taking action on data."
"The success of our product is based on owning that final mile of the data journey – your data is no longer stuck in BI and reporting tools," says Hightouch Head of Data Pedram Navid. "Instead, Hightouch quickly gets your data to the business tools, where business teams actually work – whether that's Salesforce or Hubspot, Zapier or Slack, or a myriad of marketing platforms."
"Data Activation is really important to us. Not everyone is doing their work in a BI tool—some of our employees are doing it in a CRM, email tool, or Slack and that is why Hightouch is valuable."
Rachel Bradley-HaaS, co-founder of Big Time Data and Hightouch customer
Hightouch users have created over three thousand workspaces, sending their data to over 100 available SaaS destinations – while Hightouch's engineering team has constantly taken inspiration from users' needs. "Over time, as we built new features and frameworks for moving data, our product itself began to diverge from the definition of Reverse ETL. We began to see customers create Slack bots with Hightouch, automatically assign tasks in Salesforce, and automatically generate invoices in Netsuite," says Gupta.
Hightouch, the market leading Data Activation Platform, syncs data from data warehouses directly into the SaaS tools business teams use every day. Hightouch was founded by early engineers from Segment. Hightouch has raised over $50M of funding to date from top investors like ICONIQ, Amplify Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Afore Capital, and Y-Combinator. The start-up has experienced phenomenal growth since its launch just two years ago, working with hundreds of brands including AutoTrader, Flickr, Calendly, Ramp, and Plaid.