Accelerating Analytical Workloads for Public & Hybrid Clouds

New York Meetup *

In this meetup, Dipti and HY will present a new approach to hybrid analytical workloads using Alluxio, an open source data orchestration layer, which sits between compute and storage layer. Applications like Apache Spark or TensorFlow can then seamlessly access multiple disparate data sources with consistent performance using data locality and abstraction that the data orchestration tier brings.

Designing for the cloud: What today’s Data Engineer should be considering when building their stack

Cloud has changed the dynamics of data engineering in many ways, from changing expectations of on-demand platform services to the popularity of the object store to the emergence of a flexible, separated data stack. And as a data engineer venturing into this cloudy world, the understanding of specific architectural approaches coupled with knowledge in some data stacks has proven useful. 

Instead of being purely focused on data infrastructure, today’s data engineer is now a full stack engineer. Compute, containers, storage, data movement, performance, network – skills are increasingly needed across the broader stack. 

This white paper attempts to discuss some design principles as well as high priority elements of the stack that a data engineer should think about. 

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Effective Data Engineering in the Cloud World

Cloud has changed the dynamics of data engineering as well as the behavior of data engineers in many ways. This is primarily because a data engineer on premise only dealt with databases and some parts of the hadoop stack.
In the cloud, things are a bit different. Data engineers suddenly need to think different and broader. Instead of being purely focused on data infrastructure, you are now almost a full stack engineer (leaving out the final end application perhaps). Compute, containers, storage, data movement, performance, network — skills are increasing needed across the broader stack. Here are some design concept and data stack elements to keep in mind.

Embracing Data Silos — the journey through a fragmented data world

Over the years of working in the big data and machine learning space, we frequently hear from data engineers that the biggest obstacle to extracting value from data is being able to access the data efficiently. Data silos, isolated islands of data, are often viewed by data engineers as the key culprit or public enemy №1. There have been many attempts to do away with data silos, but those attempts themselves have resulted in yet another data silo, with data lakes being one such example. Rather than attempting to eliminate data silos, we believe the right approach is to embrace them.

Modern Software Architectures and Data Pipelines Panel

Scala by the Bay 2016 – Throughout our four-year history, Scala and Scale By the Bay is leading the way on evangelizing and understanding modern software architectures. We have the best set of them here, including Akka, Kafka, Spark, Finagle, Lagom, and so on. How do they come together in a SMACK / MIND Stack? What are the best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid? This panels of experienced practitioners will discuss and illuminate it all.

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A Virtual Distributed Storage System

DataDriven NYC 2016 – In the past year, the Alluxio project experienced a tremendous improvement in performance and scalability and was extended with key new features including tiered storage, transparent naming, and unified namespace. At the same time, the Alluxio ecosystem has expanded to include support for more under storage systems and computation frameworks.

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Fast Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning Using Alluxio and Spark in Baidu

Strata+Hadoop World 2016 – Baidu deployed Alluxio to accelerate its big data analytics workload. Bin Fan and Haojun Wang explain why Baidu chose Alluxio, as well as the details of how they achieved a 30x speedup with Alluxio in their production environment with hundreds of machines. Based on the success of the big data analytics engine, Baidu is currently expanding the Alluxio and Spark infrastructure to accelerate other applications, such as machine learning.

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