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Tibco analytics capabilities get upgrade in Spotfire X

Spotfire X, the latest iteration of the Tibco analytics and data visualization platform, aims to give users a more streamlined experience by incorporating more AI and machine learning capabilities when the upgraded platform is released this fall.

Notably, the platform update, characterized by what Tibco has dubbed a new “A(X) Experience,” will enable users to type in requests to navigate and visualize their data through natural language processing (NLP), to automatically record dataflows that can later be explored and edited. It also will natively stream data in real time from dozens of sources.

The new Spotfire X features are designed to create a faster and simpler user experience, according to Brad Hopper, vice president of product strategy, analytics and streaming at the integration and analytics software vendor. “This will allow us to take a complete novice off the street, put them in front of the tool, and no matter what they will get something back,” he said.

Search for simple

With the rise of citizen data scientists, it has become a trend for self-service analytics vendors to design platforms that are easier to use and more automatic, turning to employing AI and machine learning algorithms to do so.

Brad Hopper, TibcoBrad Hopper

Earlier this year, a Tibco competitor, Tableau, acquired MIT AI startup Empirical Systems, whose technology is expected to provide Tableau platforms with more advanced predictive analytics capabilities and better automated models. Also this year, Qlik, another big-name self-service analytics vendor, acquired startup Podium Data in a bid to better automate parts of its platforms and make them simpler to use.

“There is a trend in the market … for AI and machine learning to be used to explore all the possible data, all the possible variables,” said Rita Sallam, a Gartner analyst.

With the new Spotfire X features, Tibco analytics is looking forward, even if the features aren’t necessarily innovative on their own, she said.

“They’re leveraging natural language as a way to initiate a question and they are, based on that question, generating all the statistically meaningful insight on that data so the user can see all the possible insights on that data,” Sallam said.

A(X) Experience in Tibco Spotfire X
The A(X) Experience in Tibco’s Spotfire X enables faster and easier analytics with NLP tools and improved AI

AI advice

With the A(X) Experience, Spotfire X also will deliver AI-driven recommendations for users.

“We’ve built in a fairly sophisticated machine learning model behind the scenes,” Hopper said.

The Tibco analytics platform can already use AI to automatically index different pieces of data and suggest relationships between them.

Now from the Spotfire X’s NLP-powered search box, users will be able to receive a list of visualization recommendations, starting first with “classical recommendations” before getting to “a ranked list of interesting structural variations,” Hopper explained.

Forrester analyst Boris Evelson said the Tibco analytics and Spotfire X moves are “yet another confirmation of a trend that leading BI products need a dose of AI to remain effective.”

While AI is not replacing BI, BI tools that infuse AI functionality will displace the tools that don’t.
Boris Evelsonanalyst, Forrester

“While AI is not replacing BI, BI tools that infuse AI functionality will displace the tools that don’t,” Evelson said.

Tibco made the Spotfire X announcements during the Tibco Now conference in Las Vegas in early September 2018. 

The enhancements to Tibco analytics capabilities were among other product developments unveiled at the event. Others included the a user-partner collaboration program called Tibco Labs, more tools for Tibco Cloud, and a new collaboration between Tibco and manufacturing services company Jabil.

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GPU-buffed servers advance Cisco’s AI agenda

Cisco Systems is the latest hardware vendor to offer gear tuned for AI and machine learning-based workloads.

Competition to support AI and machine workloads continues to heat up. Earlier this year archrivals Dell Technologies Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM rolled out servers designed to optimize performance of AI and machine learning workloads. Many smaller vendors are chasing this market as well.

“This is going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution,” said Jean Bozman, vice president and principal analyst at Hurwitz & Associates. “IT organizations will have to figure out, with the help of third-party organizations, how to best take advantage of these new technologies.”

Cisco AI plan taps Nvidia GPUs

The Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 rack server, the company’s first tuned to run AI workloads, contains Nvidia Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs and NVLink to boost performance, and works with neural networks and large data sets to train computers to carry out complex tasks, according to the company. It works with Cisco Intersight, introduced last year, which allows IT professionals to automate policies and operations across their infrastructure from the cloud.

This Cisco AI server will ship sometime during this year’s fourth quarter. Cisco Services will offer technical support for a range of AI and machine learning capabilities.

Cisco intends to target several different industries with the new system. Financial services companies can use it to detect fraud and algorithmic trading, while healthcare companies can enlist it to deliver insights and diagnostics, improve medical image classification and speed drug discovery and research.

Server hardware makers place bets on AI

The market for AI and machine learning, particularly the former, represents a rich opportunity for systems vendors over the next year or two. Only 4% of CIOs said they have implemented AI projects, according to a Gartner study earlier this year. However, some 46% have blueprints in place to implement such projects, and many of them have kicked off pilot programs.

[AI and machine learning-based servers are] going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution.
Jean Bozmanvice president and principal analyst, Hurwitz & Associates

AI and machine learning offers IT shops more efficient ways to address complex issues, but will significantly affect their underlying infrastructure and processes. Larger IT shops must heavily invest in training and the education of existing employees in how to use the technologies, the Gartner report stated. They also must upgrade existing infrastructure before they deploy production-ready AI and machine learning workloads. Enterprises will need to retool infrastructure to find ways to more efficiently handle data.

“All vendors will have the same story about data being your most valuable asset and how they can handle it efficiently,” Bozman said. “But to get at [the data] you first have to break down the data silos, label the data to get at it efficiently, and add data protection.”

Only after this prep work can IT shops take full advantage of AI-powered hardware-software tools.

“No matter how easy some of these vendors say it is to implement their integrated solutions, IT [shops] have more than a little homework to do to make it all work,” one industry analyst said. “Then you are ready to get the best results from any AI-based data analytics.”

IT experts exchange container security tips and caveats

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Real-world container security requires users to dig in to the finer points of container, host, Kubernetes and application configurations.


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is how to make them fully secure within large, multi-tenant infrastructures.

For starters, users must make changes to default settings in both Docker and Kubernetes to close potential security loopholes. For example, a default component of a container image, called docker.sock, that’s mounted without proper security tools to control its usage is vulnerable to an attack that can use it to access the host operating system and then back-end databases to exfiltrate data. Similarly, the Kubernetes API’s default setting could potentially let containers access host operating systems through a malicious pod.

“Containers also have the same problem as any other VM: They can talk to each other via an internal network,” said Jason Patterson, application security architect at NCR Corp., an Atlanta-based maker of financial transaction systems for online banking and retailers, in a presentation at the DevSecCon security conference held here this week. “That means that one misconfiguration can compromise pretty much all the containers in the environment.”

Container security configuration settings are critical

NCR uses Red Hat’s OpenShift, which restricts the Kubernetes API settings out of the box, but OpenShift users must set up security context constraints, Patterson said.

Etienne Stalmans at DevSecCon
Heroku’s Etienne Stalmans presents on container security at DevSecCon.

In general, it’s best to constrain a user’s permissions and each container’s capabilities as tightly as possible and, ideally, configure container images to whitelist only the calls and actions they’re authorized to perform — but this is still uncommon, he added.

It’s possible to limit what a container root user can do outside the container or the host on which the container runs, said Etienne Stalmans, senior security engineer at Heroku, based in San Francisco, in a separate DevSecCon presentation. To do this, container administrators can adjust settings in seccomp, an application sandboxing mechanism in the Linux kernel, and configure application permissions or capabilities.

“That still makes them a privileged user, but not outside the container,” Stalmans said. “Overall, it’s best to drop all capabilities for all container users, and then add them back in as required.”

Some highly sensitive applications require isolation provided by a hypervisor to remove any possibility that an attacker can gain host access. Vendors such as Intel, Google and Microsoft offer modified hypervisors specifically tuned for container isolation.

DevSecCon presenters also touched on tools that can be used to minimize the attack surface of container and host operating systems.

Beeline, which sells workforce management and vendor management software, uses an Oracle tool called Smith that strips out unneeded OS functions. “That shrank our Docker image sizes from as much as 65 MB to 800 KB to 2 MB,” said Jason Looney, enterprise architect at Beeline, based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Container security experts weigh host vs. API vulnerabilities

Overall, it’s best to drop all capabilities for all container users, and then add them back in as required.
Etienne Stalmanssenior security engineer, Heroku

Most of the best-known techniques in container security restrict attackers’ access to hosts and other back-end systems from a compromised container instance. But prevention of unauthorized access to APIs is critical, too, as attackers in recent high-profile attacks on AWS-based systems targeted vulnerable APIs, rather than hosts, said Sam Bisbee, chief security officer of Boston-based IT security software vendor Threat Stack, in a DevSecCon presentation.

Attackers don’t necessarily look for large amounts of data, Bisbee added. “Your security policy must cover the whole infrastructure, not just important data,” he said.

Kubernetes version 1.8 improved API security with a switch from attribute-based access control to role-based access control (RBAC). And most installers and providers of Kubernetes, including cloud container services, now have RBAC Kubernetes API access by default. But users should go further with configuration settings that prevent untrusted pods from talking to the Kubernetes API, Stalmans said.

“There is some discussion [in the Kubernetes community] to make that the default setting,” he said. It’s also possible to do this programmatically from container networking utilities, such as Calico, Istio and Weave. But “that means we’re back to firewall rules” until a new default is decided, he said.

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Cisco ASR 9000 router gets usage-based pricing

Cisco has introduced pay-as-you-go pricing for the latest line card of the ASR 9000 router, offering service providers a more flexible licensing model as they evaluate 5G infrastructure suppliers.

Cisco’s new licensing model, unveiled this week, applies to the new line card and subsequent generations. The latest hardware has a maximum throughput of 3.2 Tbps, uses a half watt of power per gigabit and is available with 32, 16 or 8 ports of 100 GbE. The cards fit into existing ASR 9000 chassis.

The pricing change lets service providers buy a license for ASR 9000 capacity across sites, but only pay for what they use. The cost would increase as ports are activated, said Sumeet Arora, the head of engineering for service provider network systems at Cisco.

Previously, service providers had to buy an ASR 9000 license for each site based on expected demand. As a result, the customers would pay for capacity they weren’t using, Arora said.

The ASR 9000 router in 5G

Cisco is making its pricing more customer-friendly as service providers consider technology like the ASR 9000 to support future 5G business and consumer services. The fifth-generation cellular technology delivers speed, capacity and latency improvements that will enable new products for healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment and the auto industry, proponents have said.

However, analysts do not expect the 5G services market to take off for several years. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins recently told financial analysts that he didn’t expect significant 5G sales until 2020.

ASR 9000
ASR 9000 router with 32 100 GbE ports

Until the 5G market opens, Cisco is aiming the new ASR 9000 line cards at the network edge where service providers deliver virtual private networks and other business services. Other “big use cases” include internet peering, data center interconnects and the IP infrastructure for mobile services, Arora said.

The ASR 9000 router competes with products from Juniper Networks, Huawei and Nokia. The latter two vendors, along with Ericsson, comprise the top three suppliers to service providers.

Last week, Juniper Networks announced a partnership with Ericsson to sell a collection of products for moving 5G traffic. Cisco announced a wide-ranging partnership with Ericsson in 2015, but that deal has stalled, and many analysts believe it is nearly dead.

“The Ericsson-Cisco partnership was a nonstarter, and both parties did not follow up on the promise that they had articulated during the announcement,” said Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC.

New enterprise 14 TB HDD options cater to cloud-scale users

The latest wave of helium-based 14 TB hard disk drives shows there’s still innovative life in the storage media, mainly for cloud-scale users in need of economical, high-density drives.

Seagate Technology this week launched its new 14 TB helium hard drive portfolio. It includes the 12 Gbps SAS- and 6 Gbps SATA-based Exos X14 designed for hyperscale data centers and SATA-based IronWolf for NAS, SkyHawk for surveillance systems and BarraCuda Pro for desktop workstations and DAS.

Toshiba recently disclosed that it’s sampling 14 TB and 12 TB helium-sealed 7,200 rpm SAS HDDs with 12 Gbps data transfer rates. They join Toshiba’s previous helium-based 14 TB HDD that uses the 6 Gbps SATA interface.

Earlier this year, Western Digital began shipping helium-based 12 Gbps SAS- and 6 Gbps SATA-based 14 TB HDD models to select hyperscale cloud customers. China-based internet service provider Tencent, a customer of Western Digital’s 12 TB HelioSeal HDDs, confirmed it was qualifying the latest 14 TB Ultrastar DC HC530 drives. The 14 TB HDD models use helium instead of air to reduce aerodynamic drag and turbulence inside the drives. Helium-based HDDs require less power and enable manufacturers to use thinner disks and squeeze in more tracks to store more data per HDD.

Shingled magnetic recording

In June, Western Digital disclosed Dropbox as a customer for its 3.5-inch helium-based 14 TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD. The drive — formerly called the Ultrastar Hs14 — uses host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology, in contrast to the two-dimensional magnetic recording the Ultrastar DC HC530 uses.

Dropbox qualified and deployed Western Digital’s SMR-based HC620 HDD for its custom-built Magic Pocket storage infrastructure. A Dropbox blog noted the SMR HDDs offer higher bit density and lower cost per GB than HDDs that use conventional perpendicular magnetic recording technology, which aligns bits vertically rather than horizontally.

Conventional magnetic recording enables random data writes across the entire disk, whereas SMR is best suited to writing data in sequential mode. Dropbox chose the host-managed SMR HDDs for the Magic Pocket workload because its storage architecture is geared for sequential writes.

But the Dropbox scenario is not the norm at this point. John Rydning, an IDC analyst who focuses on HDDs, said demand is low for SMR technology because customers would need to tweak their systems in order to use drives designed for sequential rather than random writes.

“With SMR, tracks on the disk are partially overwritten intentionally — like shingles on a roof — to increase the number of tracks on the disk and increase the storage capacity per disk,” Rydning wrote in an email. “Yet, it’s difficult to change or modify data once it’s written to the disk.

Seagate 14 TB HDD
Seagate’s IronWolf 14 TB HDD is designed for network-attached storage.

“Think of what it’s like to change a shingle in the middle of a roof. You have to peel off a few rows to change one shingle. Similar for SMR HDDs. To change data already written to the disk, you have to read several tracks to cache, modify the data in cache, then rewrite to the disk.”

Rydning said the competition for 14 TB HDD market share in the near term will center on drives that use conventional magnetic recording rather than SMR technology.

Additional high-density HDD technologies in the works include heat-assisted magnetic recording and microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR), but those options have yet to emerge in commercially shipping products. Western Digital said last year that it expects to begin shipping ultra-high capacity MAMR HDDs in 2019 and claimed that MAMR has the potential to enable HDDs of 40 TB and beyond by 2025.

Toshiba’s nine-platter 14 TB HDD

In the conventional magnetic recording space, Toshiba’s new MG07SCA 14 TB HDD uses a nine-platter helium-sealed mechanical design unlike the eight-disk 14 TB options from rivals Seagate and Western Digital. Toshiba uses eight platters with its helium-based 12 TB MG07 model, after using seven platters with its traditional air-based MG06 10 TB generation, said Scott Wright, the company’s director of HDD marketing.

Toshiba lagged competitors on previous product generations with 8 TB, 10 TB and 12 TB HDDs, IDC’s Rydning said. The company is now time-to-market competitive with Western Digital and Seagate with 14 TB HDDs for cloud-scale customers and positions itself well for higher capacities in the future, he said.

But Toshiba’s nine-platter 14 TB HDDs carry a higher manufacturing cost per drive for the extra disk and two heads than the eight-platter 14 TB HDDs from Western Digital and Seagate, Rydning said. “On the other hand, given that Western Digital and Seagate are using the higher areal density heads and disk, they may encounter production yield challenges in the first one or two quarters of production,” he said.

Toshiba didn’t disclose retail pricing for the MG07SCA 14 TB HDDs.

Enterprise HDD market leaders

Seagate and Western Digital lead the market in nearline enterprise-class 7,200 rpm SAS and SATA HDDs, according to Trendfocus vice president John Chen. Seagate has the edge in units shipped, and Western Digital leads in exabytes shipped, Chen said. SATA is the dominant interface for nearline HDDs, with SAS at only about 20% unit share, he said.

SATA HDDs are single ported, but Toshiba’s Wright said there’s still demand for dual-ported SAS HDDs among users who want to map redundant paths to each storage device for high availability. He said some customers want to be able to support SSDs and HDDs in a common architecture, with the same 12 GBs data transfer rate.

Wright doesn’t expect the new wave of upcoming 3D NAND flash-based SSDs that store four bits of data per cell — known as quadruple-level cell (QLC) — to eat into the nearline enterprise HDD market that is “all about cost of capacity.”

“Where we see solid state challenging HDD is in very low capacities, at the lower end of the notebook PC market, and then also, of course, on performance at the high end of the enterprise market where some SSDs are being used in place of the traditional 15,000 rpm types of high-performance [hard disk] drives,” Wright said.

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