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James Gray

Issue #277, May 2017

iguazio's Continuous Analytics Solution

In industries like financial services, healthcare and IoT, organizations are faced with the challenge of complexity across the entire data lifecycle. To help enterprises solve big data operational challenges and generate real-time insights, iguazio has developed a new Continuous Analytics Solution. Deploying a continuous data consumption approach, the solution reduces time to insights from hours to seconds, eliminating data pipeline complexities while seamlessly integrating with Apache Spark and Kubernetes. Data is at the center of iguazio's real-time continuous analytics platform, which simplifies the data pipeline and speeds it up—ingesting, enriching, analyzing and serving it—all in one unified platform. By integrating with the open-source Spark and Kubernetes frameworks, it accelerates insight generation and enables rapid deployment of a variety of stateless analytics services and data processing tasks. iguazio's platform secures the data and allows accessing the same records simultaneously through streaming, object and database APIs. iguazio's business value is driven by three key capabilities: real-time insights and faster analytics, developer and operator simplicity and agility and fine-grained security.


ioSafe Server 5

Until now, says ioSafe, true zero-recovery-point server solutions have been available only to the biggest of companies. However, with the arrival of ioSafe's Server 5, SMEs have access to “the industry's first fire and waterproof server” designed to eliminate data loss and minimize downtime. Server 5 protects data in real time and delivers instant disaster recovery with a true zero-recovery point and the best recovery time objectives for terabytes of data. Both fire- and waterproof, Server 5 protects data from fire with temperatures to 1550°F for 30 minutes per ASTM E-119 and from floods up to a ten-foot depth for three days. Running either Linux or Windows Server 2012, the solution is equipped with an Intel Xeon processor, 16–128GB of DDR4 RAM, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters for increased bandwidth and automatic failover and capacities between 5–40TB.


Retro United Ltd.'s Write!

Even when you're sequestered in a monastery with nothing to do but write, you still need a tool to record your thoughts. Realizing the overabundance of bloatware out there—replete with features, icons, templates, check boxes and other stuff that consumes screen space and RAM—Retro United, Ltd., released Write!, a new distraction-free text editor for Linux, Windows and MacOS. Write! is an elegant workspace for any kind of writing, from notes to to-do lists, tweets and novels—writing projects and texts of any kind. It has all the features of a good word processor, notes Retro, packed into a clutter-free interface. Write! is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing with a minimalist design and features a specialized focus mode for concentrating on a single paragraph at a time. Write!'s publishing feature lets users quickly publish their writing online for target readers—for example, Twitter followers—and a dark theme makes nighttime writing pleasant for the eyes.


Wibu-Systems CmASIC

Wibu-Systems describes the new generation of its CmASIC module as “the answer to the security-by-design needs of modern embedded computing technology leaders”. CmASIC is a module that Intelligent Device Manufacturers (IDMs) can directly embed into their boards to provide out-of-the box security and entitlement management. Security-by-design leaves nothing to chance: the system is developed free from vulnerabilities from the get-go and is impervious to attack. By soldering a security module directly on to the board of the endpoint, the endpoint is clearly identified, sensitive data (such as encryption keys, production records and configuration schemes) is safeguarded, and the module itself is accessible only by physically and logically tampering with the endpoint. Integrating CmASIC is a snap, as the module is delivered in a VQFN-32, 5x5mm chip-size package. On the software side, CmASIC supports all mainstream operating systems via CodeMeter Embedded, including Linux, MacOS and Windows for PCs, Embedded Linux and Windows Embedded for embedded systems, Linux RT, VxWorks and QNX for RTOS, and CODESYS, B&R and Rockwell for PLCs.


Gábor Farkas' Practical GIS (Packt Publishing)

Open-source GIS tools are maturing rapidly, and Gábor Farkas' new book Practical GIS is a guide to applying these tools to managing geographic information like a pro at minimal cost. Farkas deploys the popular QGIS application and explains how to use it to generate useful spatial data. From there, readers are guided through the basics of queries, data management and geoprocessing. After mastering the essentials, readers practice their knowledge on real-world examples, solving various types of geospatial analyses with appropriate methods. Finally, readers learn how to publish data (and results) on the web with QGIS Server and GeoServer and create a basic web map with the API of the lightweight Leaflet web-mapping library. Storing data in a PostGIS database also is treated in the book.


Crank Software's Storyboard Suite

Crank Software is working hard to change how embedded user interface (UI) solutions are developed. Traditional development methodologies, asserts the Crank group, leave designers on the sideline after the artwork has been handed off to the software developers. This linear process typically leads to a UI that isn't a true reflection of the design vision and is difficult to update. Enter Storyboard Suite 5.0, Crank Software's recently updated turnkey UI development software that gives designers and developers the tools to work collaboratively and iterate the UI and UX to perfection in a fraction of the time. Storyboard Suite supports graphic designers and engineers equally with innovative features and an intuitive workflow that allows them to work in parallel to deliver UIs that are modern, scalable and optimized for embedded products. The platform is powerful enough to create high-end, sophisticated UIs yet easy to learn and use without requiring hardware decisions to be made up front. Teams can be productive from the beginning of a project through to final delivery, saving valuable resources and costs and delivering powerful user experiences in less time. New features in version 5.0 include finer execution control and custom easing rates for improved animations and movement; ready-to-use, sharable components for quick prototyping and test UI interactions; a new render extension to facilitate drawing and graphing programmatically; and an exports option that simplifies sharing of Storyboard applications for quick testing to improve the feedback loop for design iteration. Storyboard Suite offers Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS and Windows versions.


CloudBees, Inc.'s CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

Modern IT departments are adopting continuous delivery (CD) and automating software pipelines to accelerate and scale their software development and delivery across environments. This means that CD platforms are now business-critical and need to be scalable, secure, stable and reliable. To address these requirements, CloudBees, Inc., developed CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, a new unified CD platform offering that allows enterprises to achieve CD for their entire software portfolio, securely and in a manner that handles a large volume of projects. CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise is based on Docker container technology and architected from the ground up to allow for scale and failure backup. It can run anywhere, including public cloud or private cloud, virtual environments (VMware vSphere), Red Hat Enterprise Linux and from legacy to container-based technology. CloudBees warns that most continuous delivery solutions focus on a specific technology stack or process, leading to the deployment of multiple competing or overlapping solutions lacking holistic support of the enterprise-wide IT delivery processes. In contrast, CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise leverages Jenkins' 1,200+ extensions and is the only solution on the market that makes it possible for enterprises to have a unified view across their entire software portfolio. As a result, it is possible to evaluate how teams are progressing in their adoption of DevOps, continuous delivery and ultimately time-to-market goals.


AdaCore's GNAT Pro, CodePeer, QGen and SPARK Pro

AdaCore recently announced the concurrent annual release of four flagship products in its portfolio of software development and verification tools for mission-critical, safety-critical and security-critical systems. These include version 17.1 of GNAT Pro, CodePeer, QGen and SPARK Pro. All products aid organizations with the challenges they face in the development and verification of critical systems, especially when certification against software standards, such as DO-178C or EN 50128, is required. GNAT Pro is a development environment for Ada and C, on native and cross platforms. CodePeer is a deep static analysis tool for Ada that can identify bugs and vulnerabilities both during development and retrospectively on existing code bases. SPARK Pro is a verification environment that brings mathematics-based assurance to high-integrity software, and QGen is a model-based development and verification toolset for Simulink and Stateflow models, which generates code in MISRA-C or SPARK. Each tool in the suite offers its own diverse set of enhancements and improvements in the new version 17.1 release.


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