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Imanis Data improves ransomware detection

Imanis Data’s latest upgrade to its data management platform for big data applications includes improved ransomware protection, disaster recovery for Hadoop and DR testing.

Imanis manages and protects distributed databases such as Cassandra, Cloudera, Couchbase, Hortonworks and MongoDB, and cloud-native data for IoT and software-as-a-service applications. The startup, which changed its name from Talena in 2017, leaves backup and recovery of relationship databases to the data protection stalwarts such as Veritas, Dell EMC, IBM, Veeam and Commvault. It directly competes with smaller companies, mainly Datos IO, which Rubrik acquired in February 2018.

Imanis Data 3.3 — launched in June — strengthened the anomaly detection of the company’s ThreatSense anti-ransomware software, according to chief marketing officer Peter Smails. Smails said ThreatSense builds a baseline of normal data and periodically checks against it in order to find instances of ransomware encryption or mass deletion, whether malicious or accidental. In 3.3, the software has double the metrics from its previous build, allowing for higher granularity in the anomaly detection and lower false positive rates.

Also new in 3.3 is automated data recovery support for Hadoop users.

“We’re basically replicating data from one Hadoop cluster to another Hadoop cluster, at a different data center, and we can do it as aggressively as every 15 minutes,” said Jay Desai, Imanis’ vice president of products.

Smails said Imanis customers often treat data recovery testing as an afterthought. Imanis Data 3.3’s Recovery Sandbox feature can help fix that by allowing administrators to quickly and easily test if a backup is restorable, without disrupting the primary work environment.

Screenshot of Recovery Sandbox user interface
Recovery Sandbox provides automated recovery testing with no impact on production databases.

Imanis Data 3.3 also brings a user interface refresh to the platform’s existing point-in-time recovery. Whimsically dubbed the “time-travel widget,” this tool allows users to simply search and navigate to system restore points.

Screenshot of time-travel widget
A time-travel widget simplifies navigation of all restore points retained by the user.

Imanis Data received a $13.5 million Series B funding round earlier this year. Although founder and COO Nitin Donde at the time said there would only be a “modest investment” in research and development, the company released 3.3 just four months later.

Since the funding, there’s been a concerted effort to brand Imanis Data as a company focused on machine learning-based data management. Smails describes Imanis Data’s platform as data-aware, uniquely structured around machine learning and built for scale.

That data awareness is a key factor in what makes Imanis Data’s ransomware detection so powerful. George Crump, founder and president of IT analyst firm Storage Switzerland, describes how ransomware has become more insidious.

“In many cases, it lays dormant, so it’s actually backed up a few times,” Crump said. “Then, it encrypts slowly, like only 500 or 1,000 files a day. And that becomes very hard for a human to detect if that’s out of the ordinary. If you can, through machine learning, detect a much more ‘finer grain’ attack, you can pick it up the first time it happens.”

Hadoop data lake architecture tests IT on data integration

SAN JOSE, Calif. — These days, a rolling pageant of glittering new data objects includes data planes, data fabrics, data streaming and more. It’s almost enough to make you forget about the shiny object of just a few years ago: the Hadoop data lake architecture.

But plenty of data teams are still working hard to successfully implement real-life Hadoop data lakes — ones that underlie many organizations’ hopes for better predictive analytics and maybe even artificial intelligence.

Such was one of the lessons from Hortonworks’ DataWorks Summit 2018. That is where people like Sudhir Menon told the story behind big companies’ moves to use their data hoards for digital transformation — as seen at tech-infused upstarts, like Airbnb and Uber.

The journey that Menon, vice president for information management at hotelier Hilton Worldwide, described includes a Hadoop data lake architecture as an integral part.

“We have a lot of information in different formats, and we are bringing that into the data lake. Every [data] entity from every channel is coming into the lake now,” Menon told a conference session audience.

The Hadoop data lake architecture has formed a basis for a potential consumer application — a new digital key app that allows Hilton Honors program guests to, in effect, check themselves directly into their room, he said.

Still, this will be a multiyear project, Menon noted. The project, which seeks to incrementally build out the Hadoop-based Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) into a new repository for enterprise data, began about two years ago and is now moving toward going live, with many more “agile sprints” ahead, according to Menon.

The system employs a variety of tools beyond HDP, including WSO2 API management, Talend integration and Amazon Redshift cloud data warehouse software.

Populating the data lake

Sudhir Menon, vice president of information management at Hilton Worldwide
Sudhir Menon, Hilton Worldwide

For Menon’s teams, populating a data lake means transforming assorted ingested data into JSON events with a microservices architecture.

The transformations are a first step in a data-refining process. The experience of many data lake users has shown data has to be sorted into some sensible format as soon as possible if it is to be used with BI tools by business analysts, although raw data versions are still preserved for experimental data scientists.

Menon emphasized, while this “renovation and innovation” project supports data science, it also provides a new foundation for leaner everyday data reporting. He said, during the course of the project, Hilton has decommissioned 380 dashboards for management reporting and replaced them with a more compact roster of 40 dashboards. 

What price, data democracy?

For companies like Hilton, with years of legacy data, Hadoop data lake architectures can require significant effort.

Another data lake project is underway at United Airlines. At DataWorks, Joe Olson, senior manager for big data analytics at the Chicago-based airline, recounted a move to a new big data analytics environment that includes a data lake, along with a “curated layer of data.”

Olson described the significant work required to connect existing Teradata data warehouse analytics with pieces of Hortonworks’ platform.

We have a lot of information in different formats, and we are bringing that into the data lake. Every [data] entity from every channel is coming into the lake now.
Sudhir Menonvice president of information management at Hilton Worldwide

“Moving small data sets is trivial … but we don’t yet have a good way to handle large data sets of certain types,” Olson said in a session on big data at United.

In yet another session, which was whimsically entitled “The Curious Case of Data Lake Redemption,” Shivinder Singh, a database architect and engineer at Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., described issues the telecom giant encountered as it opened up a Hadoop data lake to a wider group of analytics users.

Singh described differences in block file sizes in Hadoop data lakes versus single-client implementations that can bring about garbage collection issues with observable performance impact. He said his teams worked with Hortonworks to address such issues in its data lake buildouts.

Despite such implementation issues, he emphasized, the Hadoop platform has helped drive diverse analytics advances, as Verizon evolved its architecture to deal with bigger and evermore variegated amounts of data.

Sampling the data fabric

While the Hadoop data lake architecture was meant, in part, to reduce data silos in organizations, the reality has been that several data lakes may arise, becoming silos in themselves. At its user event, Hortonworks expanded on its recent discussions of data fabric architectures, meant to mesh varied data lakes and other data framework components.

The company’s Hortonworks DataPlane Service (DPS) is an example, being a software layer that handles governance and data management for multiple data lakes.

Like other products from vendors that once focused solely on Hadoop Distributed File System data storage, DPS supports a variety of storage formats, including cloud object storage.

“The data fabric is an idea that has been around and has evolved to encompass the reality that, going forward, these systems will be hybrids of on-premises and public cloud systems and, eventually, will be on multiple clouds,” said Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research, in an interview

That could mean that, while the data lake may continue to find use, it may not actually be a Hadoop data lake architecture, Henschen said.

“Now, companies want the data lake concept to encompass more than just Hadoop,” he said.

For Sale – £165 desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

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For Sale – £165 desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

Collection only

Price and currency: 210
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For Sale – Desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

Collection only

Price and currency: 210
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Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: gloucestershire
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

Collection only

Price and currency: 210
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For Sale – Desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

Collection only

Price and currency: 210
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For Sale – Desktop pc and 27” display

Selling our pc excellent condition, includes acer 27” 1080p monitor, keyboard, mouse, the pc is an amd a10 processor 7850k , 1tb hdd and 8 gig ram and windows 7 home premium.

fresh install of windows 7, disc and licence key included ( genuine copy)

the monitor is still £151 new on amazon, it’s the acer kh272 model

Please note the speakers and printer are not included in the sale, the desk is available for £30 though

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Price and currency: 210
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Alienware ATX PC Gaming computer case with fans and lighting FX board LED

Genuine Alienware case.

Includes the lighting FX board with has LED to power the lights along the side of the case and the front skull. Good ocnidtion, but with minor scratches as expected with a used case.

All fans included. Heavy duty case and due to weight, collection only from Central London area. Postcode is EC1.

However, I can drop off to most places within the M25 after work between 8pm-10pm for a flat fee of £10 to aid delivery. Otherwise collection as above.

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Alienware ATX PC Gaming computer case with fans and lighting FX board LED

Samsung Windows 10 Laptop – Mint Condition £150

2.16GHZ Celeron
4GB RAM
500GB Hard Drive

Includes genuine Windows 10 Pro installation Disc.

Computer is cleaned and fully restored ready for new user.

In immaculate condition
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£150 collected in London – can arrange postage via courier at addition cost.

Price and currency: 150
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Samsung Windows 10 Laptop – Mint Condition £150