360° IT Check #42 — Devs for Ukraine, Data Cloud Alliance, And More!
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Devs for Ukraine
According to the event’s website, “Devs For Ukraine is a free, online engineering conference with the goal to raise funds and provide support to Ukraine.” The livestream will be available for viewing at 4 PM UTC time (12:00PM Eastern Time, 9:00AM Pacific Time).
Events like this are a great way to raise funds for Ukraine & Ukrainians currently fighting the invaders. In the light of the current events, NGOs functioning on the territory of this Eastern European country need all of the funds they can use.
Rust is continuing to improve, and to fix any of its shortcomings. The road the language has already gone through impressive changes, e.g., adding support for async operations.
All improvements to the language are greatly beneficial for the blockchain developers, and embedded platforms developers the most, as they heavily rely on Rust. We can’t forget about all the companies using Mozilla Labs’s language on front-ends, such as Figma, and 1Password.
Data Cloud Alliance
Elastic, the company most famous for their Elasticsearch and Kibana announced their partnership with Google Cloud, and eight other organizations. Quoting their blog post:
“Elastic is partnering with Google Cloud and eight other data organizations to launch the Data Cloud Alliance–an initiative to accelerate the pace of digital transformation for organizations around the world by expanding data accessibility, integrations for better insights and action.”
The Alliance’s goal is to “initiative to accelerate the pace of digital transformation.” GCP “will provide infrastructure, API, and integration support for all environments” while the rest of the members will “collaborate on new, common industry data models, processes, and platform integrations to increase data portability and reduce complexity associated with data governance and global compliance.”
The Bottom Line
Global compliance is becoming harder and harder, with many data protection frameworks deployed across the globe at the same time, and others in development. Mentioning only the two of them, namely EU’s GDPR, and California’s CCPA, is enough to make companies go crazy. An initiative aiming to reduce complexity in all of the process is great news for companies of all sizes, though benefitting the medium and the big ones the most.
Confluent Allies With Microsoft
Confluent, the company offering the one and only “re-architected [Apache] Kafka” announced a deepened “Strategic Partnership with Microsoft.” The goal of the alliance is to “reduce the operational burden of managing data streams in Azure and speed up real-time application development in the cloud.” Companies’ clients across industries together admit their clients need an easy way to move their data to the cloud, and that the ability to process data in real-time is essential to their businesses.
The Bottom Line
The cooperation between the two companies could indeed result in an improved real-time data generation. You may watch how the “Walgreens Boots Alliance”, a gigantic player on the US market, modernized its business thanks to the improved Apache Kafka.
That’s not all, when it comes to the topic of massive amounts of data. According to a report titled “Data Age 2025”, we may expect around 175 Zettabytes of data generated annually. That’s 175000000000000 Gigabytes (!). Of course, it’s hard to get the exact estimate, or even one that will prove to be somewhat accurate. Nevertheless, the amount of data we generate is enormous, and many companies will want their large (not as large as 175 ZB, of course) data to be processed in real-time. This is where Confluent’s offering might shine.
360° IT Check is a weekly publication where we bring you the latest and greatest in the world of tech. We cover topics like emerging technologies & frameworks, news about innovative startups, and other topics which affect the world of tech directly or indirectly.