Thoughts About Building the TDSR, Book Recommendations, and More …

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

Recently, Anmol Rajpurohit (@hey_anmol) from KDnuggets and our CTO Dale Russell discussed the challenges in building the TDSR (Talksum Data Stream Router), current trends in real-time analytics, advice for data science aspirants, and more. They even touched upon book recommendations! It turned out to be a fun and engaging discussion between them.

Talksum Interview With KDnuggetsInstead of reiterating their conversation, here are the questions asked by Anmol:

  • What were the biggest challenges that you had to overcome while building the Talksum Data Stream solution? Were there any interesting observations during the solution development that significantly impacted your solution design/architecture?
  • What motivated you to switch your career from applied engineering and operations management to large-scale data management? How did you get involved with Talksum?
  • Which of the current trends in real-time analytics are of the most interest to you? How do you see things changing in next few years?
  • Based on your experience, what advice would you offer to people aspiring a long-term career in data science?
  • On a personal note, are there any good books that you have been reading lately and would like to recommend?

To view Dale’s answers to Anmol’s questions, click here.

Those thoughts made up the second segment of a 2-part interview, which stemmed from the Big Data Innovation Summit, Santa Clara, CA, where Talksum won the Big Data Start Up Award. In the first segment, Anmol and Dale discussed the award, as well as the TDSR and cross-domain networking using data stream. The following topics were covered:

  • What factors played a major role in helping Talksum beat the competition in the race for the Big Data Start Up Award?
  • What is the market need for “cross-domain networking with real-time data management using data streams? What inspired you to focus on this market need and fill it with an innovative solution?
  • What would you consider as the top three features of the Talksum Data Stream Router? What is the next set of capabilities that you are working on?

To view the answers to these questions, click here.

Click here for more information about the Big Data Start Up Award.

Click here to view an infographic of the Talksum solution.


Preventing Target’s Massive Data Breach and the Ousting of CEO Gregg Steinhafel

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Target announced last week that Chairman, President, and CEO Gregg Steinhafel has been ousted nearly five months after the retailer disclosed a massive data breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business. According to an Associated Press (AP) article, “experts say his departure marks the first CEO of a major corporation to resign in the wake of a data breach and underscores how CEOs are now becoming more at risk in an era when such breaches have become common.”

Preventing Target's Massive Data Breach and the Ousting of CEO Gregg SteinhafelThe Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) provides a mechanism for protection against security breaches. First of all, security revolves around the continued stability of a system within boundaries. A “security event” occurs when the stability of a boundary has been compromised. Ultimately, you need to know “what changed” and whether the changes were expected or unexpected. This is what the TDSR was built to do.

A couple of questions arise once an unexpected change occurs:

  1. Who is attempting to get unauthorized remote access from where, and how frequently?
  2. Why are login attempts failing on some hosts?
  3. Who is attempting to get unauthorized local (PAM) access from where, and how frequently?

In the first case above, the TDSR first looks at different layers within the data center, for example, the network layer, virtual hosts layer, and applications layer. Then it looks across sources within those layers and applies filters as necessary. For example, if a “filter 0” defines the source as an SSH, then a message is sent to a “filter 1,” which looks for a tag that equals “failed” to alert a failure. In that instance, the user, IP address, and time are immediately sent to the alerting database. In this case, the TDSR can show, in real time, how many IP addresses, for example, tried to attack the system.

In the second scenario, the TDSR looks at the physical host(s) and applications to filter anomalies that cause login attempt failures. If a “filter 0” defines its source as “NSLCD,” then it sends the information to “filter 1” that, upon a “connection_error” tag, writes a detailed message that may include time, the user, the error, the IP address, and so on, to the alerting system.

In the third example, the TDSR looks at the virtual host(s) and virtual applications, the physical host(s), and applications to filter local authentication errors. If a “filter 0” defines its source as “PAM,” then it sends the information to “filter 1” that, upon a “local_auth_error” tag writes a detailed alert that may include time, the user, the error, the IP address, and so on, to the alerting system.

These are just a few of many example security use cases that the TDSR can handle. The Talksum product uses a new approach to break down data silos to provide real-time actionability in response to security, compliancy, and compatibility-related information. In addition, the TDSR includes foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control, so it is easy to keep pace with on-going changes.


New Development Facility in Silicon Valley!

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Yesterday, we announced the opening of our new development facility in Campbell, California, to accommodate growth based upon our market forecast and the current demand for Big Data products such as the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR).

newBuilding_exterior_smallThe new facility, which was originally the first home of Apple Computer, is more than four times the size of the last facility and will allow us to ramp up more easily with demand for our products. In addition, the Silicon Valley location is ripe with all levels of technologists, developers, and vendors.

With that in mind, we are currently seeking top-notch software and systems engineers. Take a look at the current Talksum job openings and let us know if you qualify, or feel free to forward the link to your friends.

We are planning to use the larger facility to grow the engineering group and increase system administration functionality.









A Note About ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation One) Support

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Today, we announced our support for ASN.1, which is a notation that falls under a joint standard of the ISO/IEC JTC 1, as well as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is a United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. According to the ITU website, “ASN.1 is a formal notation used for describing data transmitted by telecommunications protocols, regardless of language implementation and physical representation of these data, whatever the application, whether complex or very simple.”

The ASN.1 notation reminds me a lot of our Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) solution because the notation works with any language implementation, any physical representation of the data, and any application – whether complex or very simple. The high-performance, real-time TDSR can work with any type of data, different systems, different protocols, changing regulations, policy and compliance standards, and, as with the ASN.1 notation, can scale up or down as needed for the respective application.

Also like the ASN.1 notation, the TDSR is a horizontal solution that can be applied to many vertical markets – wherever Big Data is required. From the ITU website:

“Every time that you place an 800-number call ASN.1 is used. Every time you buy something on the web ASN.1 is used. Every time you send secure email, ASN.1 is used. Almost every time you use a multimedia product such as Microsoft NetMeeting, ASN.1 is in use. The latest generation of aviation control systems for ground-ground and aircraft-ground communications employ ASN.1. Companies such as Federal Express use ASN.1 in tracking their packages. ASN.1 is used by electric and gas utilities to control the latest generation of substations and transformers. And so on…”

The TDSR can be applied to a myriad of markets as well, including network monitoring and optimization, media services, telematics, healthcare and medical, energy and utilities, financial services, scientific discovery, and so on…

Click here to see our press release on ASN.1 support to the TDSR.



Biogenetics and Big Data

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Talksum Head of Marketing

Recently, we met with well-known geneticist Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Science. The discussion revolved around an opportunity to use the Talksum Data Stream Router™ – TDSR™ – in a real-time Big Data infrastructure for industrial DNA sequencing. This meeting was followed by conversations with members of Dutch University Research Centers interested in new generation biogenetic data management systems that took place in the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in June 2013.

Big Data is critical for the future success of biogenetics, which requires massive amounts of data to help with the development and application of scientific procedures and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material. Genetic engineering produces unlimited amounts of otherwise unavailable or scarce biological products by introducing DNA from living organisms.

DNA sequencing is the process of determining the precise order of nucleotides within a DNA molecule. It includes any method or technology that is used to determine the order of the four bases — adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine — in a strand of DNA, the resulting sequences to be used by medical personnel to make treatment decisions or aid in genetic counseling.

This is where the TDSR comes into play. Bio-medical research centers can use the real-time data processing and multi-format data normalization of our TDSR solution, while hospitals and medical centers can take advantage of its complex event processing.

In the near future, next-generation sequencing (NGS) using Big Data is poised to revolutionize not only medical research in academic laboratories and biopharma, but also the healthcare landscape and applied markets – for example, AgBio, food testing, and so on. We are proud to be at the forefront of this revolution.

Click Talksum Data Stream Router to learn more about how our TDSR solution can help you. To speak with a Talksum representative, fill out the form on our Contact Us page and let us know what you have in mind.