Google Data Cloud Summit – Recap

Google’s Data Cloud Summit took place May 26th, 18PT. The summit is home to their big data products and offerings, that aim to help customers succeed in data driven businesses. Here is a summary of news and announcements:

  • Dataplex, an intelligent data fabric. The product allows management of data across multiple sources, including data lakes, data warehouses and data marts for the goal of centralizing management and governance. From there, Dataplex allows to make data available for analytics and data science.
  • Datastream, a server-less change data capture (CDC) and replication service. The service allows to syncronize datasets across multiple systems by transferring changes alone, thus reducing the amount of data transferred and increasing performance and reliability.
  • Announcement of Analytics Hub, a fully-managed service built on BigQuery. The service aims to provide an open ecosystem for sharing and exchanging data across organisations at scale. Part of the offering will be controls and monitoring over data usage and sharing. The hub will offer self service and monetization for data owners, while reducing the need to operate infrastructure for data owners.
  • Dataflow Prime, a no-ops, serverless data processing platform. Dataflow Prime is a managed offering of Apache Beam based data processing pipelines. The product will autoscale infrastructure.
  • Cloud Spanner will allow more flexible and granular instance sizing
  • Key Visualizer, an interactive monitoring tool to analyze usage patterns in Cloud Spanner
  • Cloud Bigtable lifts SLA to 99.999% and introduces new security features. Security features are namely customer managed encryption keys (Googles acronym CMEK) and audit logs. Alongside with SLAs, the product now aims at compliance with regulated industries.
  • Sessions are available on demand
Google Data Cloud Summit

Join us to learn how leading companies are powering innovation with our data solutions. Attend sessions, demos, and live Q&As to discover how data can help you make smarter business decisions and solve your organization’s most complex challenges.

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Tiny, wireless, injectable chips

Tiny, wireless, injectable chips use ultrasound to monitor body processes

Those who follow regularly will know that innovation is a popular topic in my notes. Innovation is the driver of technology and there are many great things yet to come, just waiting to be invented. But FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, this announcement has the worst timing imaginable.

Source: Tiny, wireless, injectable chips use ultrasound to monitor body processes

New Splunk Observability Cloud

Splunk announced beta availability of their new Observability Cloud at last years .conf20 already. The product became GA this week and offers Infrastructure Monitoring, Application Performance Monitoring, a Log Observer, Real User Monitoring (RUM), Synthetic Monitoring and On-Call for incident response and collaboration:

Image from the announcement

Announcing the new Splunk Observability Cloud, bringing together the world’s best-in-class solutions for infrastructure monitoring, application performance management, digital experience monitoring, synthetic monitoring, log investigation and incident response.

Source: Conquer Complexity at Any Scale With the New Splunk Observability Cloud | Splunk

That makes a total of 3 clouds in Splunk’s portfolio, notes ConstellationR’s Holger Müller:

Linux on Apple Silicon

Chris Wade, CEO of Corellium

The announcement is vague, the link gives 404. However, still somebody made a first move to port Linux to the recently announced M1 Chip, that will power future generations of Apple notebook devices. The community criticizes the approach: the port comes in a single patch with no documentation. Given the size of the patch this is pretty difficult to comprehend. Plus, the patch requires third party code, that apparently is not committed to git.

To conclude, this is a twofold message: while it’s good to see such developments and have Linux ported to such hardware, the approach indeed is difficult. On a more positive note, there are other working groups still motivated enough to work on a more complete port.

Arduino launches IoT platform: With the Portenta H7 Arduino announces a Platform targeted at small and medium businesses. It comes with all the connectivity necessary to enable devices classified as Internet of Things: WiFi, BLE, with physical connectivity to USB and SD-Cards, plus the well known Camera or UART connectivity. TechRadar also mentions LTE. Here is the article from TechCrunch:

Arduino launches IoT Platform
Adruino for IoT

Arduino, the open-source hardware platform, today announced the launch of a new low-code platform and modular hardware system for IoT development. The idea here is to give small and medium businesses the tools to develop IoT solutions without having to invest in specialized engineering resources. The new hardware, dubbed the Arduino Portenta H7, features everything […]

Source: Arduino launches a new modular platform for IoT development | TechCrunch

AMD ThreadRipper, 64Core CPU

Announced in August 2019, AMD debuted it’s AMD Threadripper 3990X , the World’s First Prosumer 64 Core CPU, at CES2020.

AMD debuted its Threadripper 3990X at CES 2020, showcasing its incredible multi-threaded performance with 64 cores and 128 threads. It’s not a cheap processor, but it still massively undercuts even the closest competition, decimating even multi-chip systems in the demonstrated benchmarks.

In the same article, Digital Trends also calls the chip “Intels worst nightmare”.

Source: AMD’s Threadripper 3990X is the World’s First Prosumer 64 Core CPU | Digital Trends

Jim Harris holding an AMD Threadripper 3990X

This morning, SAP’s Bill McDermott announced he would be stepping down as CEO of the company. Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein would follow as co-CEOs, with a handover period until end of this year. Jennifer and Christian are the youngest CEOs and will certainly drive forward the companies transformation. This is the official announcement:

Bill McDermott, Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein
Bill McDermott, Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein

Bill McDermott is stepping down as CEO of SAP. SAP Executive Board Members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein have been appointed co-CEOs. Read the news.

Source: SAP Sets Course with Next-Generation Leadership Team | SAP News