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Now Is the Time to Take Stock in Your Dataops Readiness: Are Your Systems Ready?

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By: Kunal Agarwal

As the global business climate is experiencing rapid change due to the health crisis, the role of data to provide much needed solutions to urgent issues are being highlighted throughout the world. Helping customers manage critical modern data systems for years, Unravel sees a heightened interest in fortifying the reliability of business operations in healthcare, logistics, financial services and telecommunications.

DATA TO THE RESCUE

Complex issues – from closely tracking population spread to accelerating clinical trials for vaccines take priority. Other innovations in anomaly detection, such as the application of image classification to detect COVID patients through lung scans provide hope of instantaneous detection. Further, big data has been used to personalize patient treatments even before the crisis, so those most at risk will receive more curated application beyond simply age and comorbidity. Other novel uses of AI to track the pandemic have been reported (facial recognition, heat signatures to detect fevers) with great success in flattening the curve of infection.

Outside of healthcare, the rapid change in the global business climate is putting strain on modern data systems which are being pushed to unprecedented levels: Logistics engines for demand of essential goods need to recalibrate on a sub second basis. Financial institutions need to update risk models to incorporate a 24/7 steady stream of rapidly evolving stimulus policies. And in social media, a wave of misinformation and conspiracy theories are giving rise to phishing and malware attacks perpetrated by bad actors. AI systems help identify these offenders to minimize the damage.

EXCELLENCE IN DATA OPERATIONS IS NO LONGER A LUXURY

No doubt we are seeing unprecedented and accelerating demand for solutions to complex, business-critical challenges. Modern data systems are becoming even more crucial, with the task of providing reliability more important than ever. As an organization keenly focused on data and operations management, we believe it’s paramount to keep systems performing optimally. From a business perspective now is the time to assess operational readiness. Companies that lean in now will be ready to leverage and accelerate their business and marketplace value more quickly – post market events.

UNRAVEL PROVIDES COMPLETE MANAGEMENT INTO EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR DATA PIPELINES AND PLATFORM:

  • Is application code executing optimally (or failing)?
  • Are cluster resources being used efficiently?
  • How do I lower my cloud costs, while running more workloads?
  • Which workloads should I scale out to cloud?
  • Which user, app and use case is using most of the cluster?
  • How do I ensure all applications meet their SLAs?
  • How can I proactively prevent performance and reliability issues?

THESE ISSUES APPLY AS MUCH TO SYSTEMS LOCATED IN THE CLOUD AS THEY DO TO SYSTEMS ON-PREMISES. THIS IS TRUE FOR THE BREADTH OF PUBLIC CLOUD DEPLOYMENT TYPES:

Cloud-Native: Products like Amazon Redshift, Azure Databricks, AWS Databricks, Snowflake, etc.

Serverless: Ready-to-use services that require no setup like Amazon Athena, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud DataFlow, etc.

PaaS (Platform as a Service): Managed Hadoop/Spark Platforms like AWS Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Azure HDInsight, Google Cloud Dataproc, etc.

IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service): Cloudera, Hortonworks or MapR data platforms deployed on cloud VMs where your modern data applications are running

For those interested in learning more about specific services offered by the cloud platform providers we recently posted a blog on “Understanding Cloud Data Services.”

CONSIDER A HEALTHCHECK AS A FIRST STEP

As you consider your operational posture, we have a team available to run a complimentary data operations and application performance diagnostic. Consider it a Business Ops Check-up. Leveraging our platform, you’ll quickly see how we can help lower the cost of support while bolstering the performance in your modern data applications stack. If you are interested in an Unravel DataOps healthcheck, please contact us at hello@unraveldata.com.