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阿里巴巴斥资1亿美元收购德国数据创企data Artisans

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阿里巴巴斥资1亿美元收购德国数据创企data Artisans

据报道,阿里巴巴集团宣布收购德国数据流处理平台data Artisans。消息人士透露,本次交易总额高达9000万欧元,约合1.03亿美元。

2014年,Apache Flink开源项目开发者创建了data Artisans平台。

Netflix和Uber等技术巨头都是Flink数据流处理平台的用户,利用该平台为其实时分析应用程序提供支持。与其他工具相比,Flink的主要优势在于其速度。 Flink每秒可以摄取数百万个数据点,并且可以跟踪相关的上下文信息。

去年,data Artisans针对企业用户推出了Flink的商业版本,同时涵盖自动设置和维护大规模部署功能。此外,该版本还为ACID提供支持,这种方法可以保证财务记录等重要信息的可靠性。

data Artisans表示,阿里巴巴是该平台最大的用户之一,主要通过该平台进行欺诈监测、广告投放和产品推荐等活动。

此外,本次交易后阿里巴巴还会将商业版Flink应用到更多旗下产品中,增强其公共云平台的分析功能。阿里巴巴云计算部门是其增长最快的业务:该集团上季度收入增长超过90%,达到57亿元人民币,约合8.25亿美元。

最后,阿里巴巴也表示将继续投资Flink开源版本,并成为该项目的主要支持者。

 

In another sign of its growing enterprise ambitions, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. today announced that it has acquired high-flying analytics startup data Artisans GmbH.

The deal is reportedly worth 90 million euros, or about $103 million. It’s a respectable exit for Berlin-based data Artisans, which was founded in 2014 by the developers of the open-source Apache Flink project.

Flink is a stream processing engine used by tech giants such as Netflix Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. to power their real-time analytics applications. The software’s main advantage over competing tools is its speed. Flink can ingest millions of  data points per second and do so while keeping track of relevant contextual information. A fraud detection system, for instance, could use the engine to process new transactions as soon as they’re logged and compare each entry against the user’s previous purchases as a way of finding anomalies.

Last year, data Artisans launched a commercial version of Flink aimed at enterprises. The platform includes features for automating the setup and maintenance of large-scale deployments. It also provides support for ACID, an approach that makes it possible to guarantee the reliability of important information such as financial records.

In today’s acquisition announcement, data Artisans revealed that Alibaba is one of the platform’s largest users. Bringing aboard the engineers who created Flink will give the Chinese e-commerce giant access to valuable analytics know-how. Online retailers such as Alibaba rely on stream processing for a wide range of mission-critical use cases including fraud detection, ad serving and generating product recommendations.

Just as importantly, the deal enables Alibaba to bring data Artists’ commercial Flink distribution into its product portfolio. The company could potentially use the offering to bolster the analytics capabilities of its public cloud platform. Alibaba’s cloud unit is its fastest growing business: The group saw revenues surge more than 90 percent last quarter, to 5.7 billion yuan, or $825 million.

The company plans to continue investing in the open-source version of Flink as part of its analytics efforts. In the wake of the data Artisans acquisition, Alibaba will become the project’s main backer.

“Moving forward together, data Artisans and Alibaba will not only continue, but accelerate contributions to Apache Flink and open source Big Data,” data Artisans co-founders Kostas Tzoumas and Stephan Ewen wrote in a blog post. “As a first step, Alibaba announced their commitment to contribute their in-house developments around Flink — Blink — to the open source community.”

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