ScyllaDB NoSQL database to improve with Project Circe

The open source SycllaDB NoSQL database continues to gain new features and users as it ramps up its plans for 2021.

At the Scylla Summit 2021 virtual event which ran from Jan. 12-14, ScyllaDB CEO Dor Laor shared new features and the roadmap for the NoSQL database’s future.

A key part of ScyllaDB’s roadmap is Project Circe, a yearlong initiative that aims to bring new performance and consistency to the database. The Summit was also highlighted by multiple users that outlined their ScyllaDB deployments, including Ticketmaster, Expedia Group, Zillow and GE Healthcare.

ScyllaDB NoSQL at Expedia

ScyllaDB is an open source NoSQL database that is positioned as a drop-in replacement for the Apache Cassandra database. It is that use case that attracted Expedia Group to ScyllaDB. Expedia Group is one of the world’s largest travel platforms and uses Apache Cassandra for many of its applications.

In a user session on Jan. 13, Expedia developers explained why they moved some of their workloads to ScyllaDB.

Singaram Ragunathan, data architect at Expedia Group, explained during the session that Cassandra, while powerful, comes with challenges. He noted that in his experience it takes a significant amount of time and effort as well

Informatica takes Customer 360 master data management to cloud

Master Data Management technology is at the core of enabling customer experience capabilities by managing and understanding critical data assets. For enterprise cloud data management vendor Informatica, its MDM is the cornerstone of the company’s Customer 360 platform.

On Jan. 11, the vendor, based in Redwood City, Calif., released into general availability its new Customer 360 SaaS platform providing a cloud-native service for MDM.

The Customer 360 MDM capability is built on the Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services platform, which got a major update in November 2020. The new Customer 360 service provides MDM capabilities to help ensure data quality and provides data management delivered as a cloud service.

“Informatica recognizes that an effective customer 360 strategy both unifies and governs customer data,” said Kevin Petrie, vice president of research at Eckerson Group. “A customer data platform that integrates data quality and MDM helps enterprises address this challenge.”

Petrie added that in his view, Informatica’s Customer 360 SaaS platform simplifies customer analytics by consolidating tool sets and using AI to improve data quality at scale.

Informatica’s Customer 360 SaaS platform provides master data management (MDM) capabilities to get a full view for a given customer or data record.

Informatica’s master data

Oracle Database 21c brings blockchain and JavaScript

Oracle said its Oracle Database 21c is generally available today, with new features added to the widely deployed database platform, including blockchain tables and JavaScript.

The new database is currently available in the Oracle Cloud, with on-premises versions set to be available later this year.

Many of the features that are part of the Oracle Database 21c release were developed for the Oracle Database 20c update that was originally scheduled to be available in 2020, but was never actually publicly released due to coronavirus pandemic-related problems.

Among the new features is support for persistent memory (PMEM), automated machine learning, native blockchain tables and advanced JavaScript support, including JSON. JSON is a widely used protocol for data interchange and in 2020 Oracle announced a standalone Oracle JSON database service.

The new Oracle Database 21c further extends the multimodel approach that Oracle has been building out in recent years.

“For me it is really Oracle pushing the universal database — one database for all needs — further and further,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research. “It is now going beyond general database capabilities like in the past, but now includes programming languages as well — with the in-database JavaScript and

Cockroach Labs nabs $160M to grow distributed SQL database

Big money continues to flow into the data market in the early days of 2021, with distributed SQL database vendor Cockroach Labs raising a $160 million Series E on Jan. 12.

The Cockroach Labs funding follows other data management vendors that have raised new money in the early weeks of the new year, including Dremio, which raised $135 million, and Starburst, which raised $100 million.

CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database that is well-suited for cloud-native deployments.

Total funding to date for the New York City-based vendor now stands at $355 million, leaving the company with a market valuation of about $2 billion.

The Series E round was led by Altimeter Capital with participation from Greenoaks Capital, Lone Pine Capital, Benchmark, Bond, FirstMark Capital, GV, Index Ventures and Tiger Global Management. The new funding is the second major funding round for the vendor in less than a year and follows Cockroach Lab’s Series D round in May 2020 that brought in $86.6 million and was released alongside the Cockroach 20.1 update.

Cockroach in its own niche

In terms of how Cockroach fits into the database landscape, Gigaom senior analyst Andrew Brust said he sees the vendor as occupying

How Alation builds on data catalog for data intelligence

To effectively use data, organizations first need to know what data they have.

That’s an area where data catalog technology has played a key role, providing a list of what data is available. Simply knowing that data is available, however, isn’t enough, as it’s also important to know the quality of the data and to understand the data lineage. Going a step further, for data to be effective, organizations need data governance to manage policies and access.

Alation Inc., based in Redwood City, Calif., is among the many vendors in the data catalog market. In recent years it has gone beyond just providing a data catalog, widening its reach to provide data intelligence features. The vendor’s 2020.4 release, which became available in December 2020, integrates data profiling and enhanced data governance capabilities.

In this Q&A, Aaron Kalb, co-founder and chief data and analytics officer (CDAO) of Alation, discusses the evolution of the data catalog market and where Alation is headed.

How has Alation’s founding vision changed over the last eight years?

Aaron Kalb

Aaron Kalb: The truth is, the vision actually hasn’t changed a lot. My gig before co-founding Alation was I worked at Apple on Siri

DataOps engineer an emerging role in analytics

The role of DataOps engineer is on the rise.

As more organizations adopt an analytics approach to decision-making, the amount of data they accumulate can often be overwhelming. As a result, in recent years data-driven organizations have developed methodologies for managing their data, methodologies loosely lumped together under the umbrella term DataOps, which is short for data operations.

Someone, however, is needed to coordinate those DataOps to ensure that their organization’s data is properly managed and developed so that it’s trustworthy when ready for consumption, and just within the last couple of years that has led to the advent of the DataOps engineer.

Often former software engineers with experience in DevOps — the collaborative approach to application development and IT operations — DataOps engineers work with data scientists and data engineers to make sure that data is properly managed throughout the analytics process.

Joe Hilleary, a research analyst at Eckerson Group, a consulting firm based in Hingham, Mass., has followed the growth of the DataOps movement within analytics, and subsequently the development of the DataOps engineer.

He recently discussed DataOps and the emerging role of DataOps engineer, including the role’s origins and how it can change what

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