Ataccama automates data governance with Gen2 platform update

Data governance vendor Ataccama is set to advance its namesake platform with its Gen2 offering that brings more automation and data processing capabilities.

The vendor, based in Toronto, introduced its Ataccama One Gen2 platform on Nov. 16, with general availability set for February 2021. 

Ataccama’s first generation platform had a strong focus on master data management (MDM); it has now been expanded with a series of enhanced data governance capabilities.

Among the updated features are data quality improvements as well as a data catalog that benefit from Ataccama’s new AI core to help enable what the vendor refers to as “self-driving” capabilities for data governance.

Among the early users of Ataccama’s platform is security vendor Avast, which is using the technology to help meet its data governance requirements.

Miroslav Umlauf, chief data officer at Avast, said Avast started out using Ataccama for MDM.

He noted Avast has grown over the years through mergers and acquisitions and has had to integrate multiple data sources and systems.

The data that Avast collects and manages includes threat data from endpoints, which resides in a single data lake. Avast also deals with transactional and customer data that resides in different systems, including

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IBM to deliver refurbished Db2 for the AI and cloud era

IBM is readying a revitalized version of Db2 with new AI-based functions and greater transparency across clouds from multiple vendors, enabling the venerable database to better participate in modern environments.

The upcoming Db2 11.5.5 has been reworked to take advantage of IBM’s Cloud Pak for Data offering and its extended services, as well as the extended services of IBM’s partner network. Among those extended services from IBM and its partners is an array of open source applications and tools.

By working more seamlessly with the clouds from AWS and Microsoft, IT teams can not only avoid vendor lock-in but also more efficiently put together a hybrid cloud strategy, according to IBM documents shared with TechTarget.

“What [IBM] wants to do is make it easier for Db2 users to move and manage data more easily between on-premise and multiple clouds from IBM and AWS and Azure,” said one source familiar with the company’s plans. “The new management console they have [with version 11.5.5] should save IT people time, and the new management console gives them a global view of all those environments.”

One of the goals of the new version is to give Db2 users a reason to stay with

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Fauna improves Data API collaboration and security

Fauna on Nov. 23 made generally available new collaboration and security capabilities on its database platform.

The vendor, based in San Francisco, positions its database platform as a data API that provides developers with a transactional database for applications. Fauna is provided in SaaS cloud model and doesn’t require developers to provision any cloud database instances on their own.

In the new update, Fauna integrated enhanced team features to help organizations collaborate and share database information. Among the collaboration improvements is integration with third-party authentication providers.

Fauna is targeting the small and medium-sized business section of the database market, said Adam Ronthal, a research vice president at Gartner.

“They are focused on delivering capabilities of a globally distributed serverless DBMS at a price point and operational footprint that is accessible to organizations that do not necessarily have large budgets and deep IT organizations,” Ronthal said.

Ronthal added that the new capabilities that Fauna is now introducing, such as third-party authentication integration, will make Fauna more production ready and will be important as the vendor matures its product and customer base. 

The Fauna Data API

The Fauna Data API at its core provides a document-oriented data model to enable an

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Cockroach adds geospatial data to cloud-native database

Cloud-native distributed SQL database vendor Cockroach Labs added new data storage, geospatial and SQL capabilities to its database platform.

The CockroachDB 20.2 update became generally available on Nov.10 and is the second major update for the New York City-based vendor in 2020, following the release of CockroachDB 20.1 in May.

Among the new features is an open source storage engine created by Cockroach Labs developers, known as Pebble. Security also gets a boost with improved role-based access control (RBAC). With the new release Cockroach is now also adding support for geospatial data, which enables the database to support location data.

The most interesting update in Cockroach 20.2 is the new functionality for managing Cockroach clusters and management options for developers, said Donald Feinberg, vice president and analyst at Gartner.

“Management of any DBMS with multiple nodes, geo-distributed or not, is always complex, especially as the number of instances and/or nodes grow,” Feinberg said. [Version] 20.2 makes this much easier and less complex.”

Why geospatial data matters in CockroachDB 20.2

Feinberg also noted that geospatial data is becoming increasing important and is a good addition in Cockroach 20.2

“More and more, we see applications in many verticals that require

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Yellowbrick data warehouse update boosts workload management

Yellowbrick Data has updated its namesake hybrid cloud data warehouse platform with a series of workload management enhancements.

Yellowbrick Data, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., provides a data warehouse platform that can run on-premises and in multi-cloud deployments. With the Release 5 update, the vendor has added self-healing clusters to improve workload management capabilities.. Resource mapping also gets a boost, as does a rate-limiting feature the company refers to as “penalty boxing.”

Yellowbrick Release 5 was introduced Nov. 16 and is generally available.

There has been a lot of interest in the cloud data warehouse market with the recent IPO of pure cloud data warehouse vendor Snowflake. While interest is in cloud technologies is high, theres still a place for a high-performance data warehouse that can be deployed and managed on-premises and in a private cloud approach.

That is the niche Yellowbrick occupies, along with vendors such as Greenplum and Netezza that pioneered the niche more than a decade ago, according to Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

“I view the sweet spot as meeting the needs of those who want high scalability and performance at a competitive price point,” he said.

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Enhanced admin controls highlight Alteryx platform update

The latest platform update from Alteryx gives administrators new controls over the data management process and includes a series of enhancements to the vendor’s Analytics Hub.

The vendor unveiled Alteryx 2020.4 in a blog post on Nov. 18, and all of the new features and upgrades outlined in the release are now generally available.

Alteryx, a data management specialist founded in 1997 and based in Irvine, Calif., introduced the Analytics Hub to its platform in its June 2020 update — Alteryx 2020.2 — as a place where organizations can consolidate their analytic assets to enable collaboration.

The hub is designed to eliminate the disconnected places that separate an individual department’s data from another’s, and using digital process automation it assists users throughout the data management process, while freeing data scientists from certain mundane, time-consuming tasks.

Upgrades to the Analytics Hub in the updated platform are focused around giving administrators better control over the platform job queue, including the ability to assign priority to certain jobs, assign tags to certain jobs so they can be run on a specific worker node, and activating and managing worker license keys.

In addition, a new integration enables users to synchronize Microsoft Windows Active Directory

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