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Big Blue Taps Into Streaming Data with Confluent Connection

IBM has formed a strategic partnership with Confluent, the commercial outfit behind Apache Kafka, in a bid to make streaming data a first-class citizen in its Cloud Pak strategy.

As part of the deal, IBM will be reselling Confluent Platform, which is an enterprise stream data platform from Confluent that is based upon Kafka. Read more…

Google Enables Machine Learning for Gunshot Recognition in the Rainforest

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that poaching is the root of a $20 billion-a-year industry. This thriving, illegal practice is largely possible because enforcement of poaching laws is so difficult: personnel must monitor enormous swaths of land for a handful of rare animals and sneaky humans – and they must identify infractions quickly enough to make a meaningful difference. Read more…

Fast Object Storage: Meeting the Demands of Modern Data

Object storage is expanding beyond the cheap-and-deep, slow and cold storage option it’s been known as for decades into a new form of next-gen primary storage: Fast object storage. Get ready, because it’s seeing a surge in demand. Read more…

Snowflake: Not What You May Think It Is

Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman is the toast of the big data community, and following the $3.4 billion IPO, a favorite on Wall Street too. But this whole Snowflake exercise could have turned out dramatically different, the CEO says, if the founders had pursued their original premise for what the company should be. Read more…

Cloud-Native Knowledge Graph Forges a Data Fabric

Knowledge graph databases continue to go cloud-native with the release of an enterprise version billed as a fabric connecting data on multiple clouds as well as on-premise data stores.

The enterprise knowledge graph platform released this week by Stardog is promoted as a managed service that organizes enterprise data infrastructure into a data fabric that serves as a framework for answering complex queries across siloed data. Read more…

Tips to Avoid Compliance Complications When Migrating to the Cloud

Moving data to the cloud is a major project requiring a significant amount of effort to evaluate the plethora of options available. Which systems to migrate, which team’s data should be prioritized, and which cloud services to select are all major decisions. Read more…

Aerospike Simplifies Global Data Management with NoSQL Update

Many large, global companies struggle to maintain centralized control of customer data while simultaneously adhering to country-specific data regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA. Now Aerospike is addressing that challenge with a new feature in its NoSQL database that gives customers more control over which pieces of data are replicated to localized database clusters. Read more…

Multi-Cloud Driving Database Monitoring Services

The steady shift of databases to multiple clouds has created a niche market for SQL database monitoring tools used to track the performance of those enterprise platforms increasingly running in hybrid configurations.

Vendor surveys have shown the cloud database shift has evolved from standard hybrid deployments to expanded database access via multiple clouds. Read more…

Data Exchange Maker Harbr Closes Series A

Harbr, a London startup that helps organizations like Moody’s Analytics to create their own custom data exchanges, yesterday announced that it has completed a Series A round of financing, netting $38.5 million for the growing concern. Read more…

DataRobot Eyes IPO After Another VC Haul

As it sets its sights on the latest big data stock offering, enterprise AI specialist DataRobot has added to its war chest with a whopping $270 million “pre-IPO” funding round.

The venture funding magnet said Tuesday (Nov. Read more…

Snowflake Extends Its Data Warehouse with Pipelines, Services

Customers running atop Snowflake’s cloud data warehouse soon will find new functionality, including the ability to build ETL data pipelines in Python, as well as the ability to expose pre-built analytic routines as data services. Read more…

Chip Startup Merges AI, 5G at the Edge

The low-latency connectivity of 5G wireless is being combined with AI-based computing in an edge platform unveiled by a system-on-chip startup emerging from stealth mode.

Founded in 2018, EdgeQ surfaced this week with a $38.5 million funding round, bringing its venture funding total to $51 million. Read more…

Big Data Career Notes: November 2020 Edition

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Read more…

Why Data Science Is Still a Top Job

This year, for the first time since 2016, data scientist is not the number one job in America, according to Glassdoor’s annual ranking. While the shine may be wearing off the unicorn a bit, data science is still a great field to go into, expert tells us, with abundant opportunities, competitive pay, and a job satisfaction that is tough to beat. Read more…

C3.ai Files to Go Public

C3.ai, the predictive analytics firm founded by CRM giant Tom Siebel, today announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. It intends to trade shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AI.”

While the rest of the big data world was focused on using open source software like Spark and Hadoop to build giant clusters, Siebel was quietly assembling his own cloud-based application for collecting and analyzing huge amounts of data at scale. Read more…

When it Comes to Data Transfer, 5G is Just the Beginning

If ever there was a technology tailor made for the world we currently live in, it’s 5G. Everything we do seems based on the need for speed and connectivity. High bandwidth and low latency enables hospital employees working in remote ICUs to communicate with, and quickly send information back to, their main campuses. Read more…

Stanford COVID-19 Model Identifies Superspreader Sites, Socioeconomic Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic is once again surging to unprecedented levels in the U.S., and all signs point to a grim winter punctuated by the return of many curfews and shutdowns. The conversation now focuses on how much of the economy can continue to operate without irresponsibly enabling the transmission of COVID-19 during a deadly surge. Read more…

Database Migrations Shift Into High Gear

Google Cloud today announced Database Migration Service (DMS), a new service for migrating customers’ MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server relational databases to its hosted database service, called Cloud SQL. Meanwhile, MariaDB announced that it has picked off an Oracle database customer, which is now running the MariaDB database on Google Cloud. Read more…

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