GoodData to Launch a Fully Managed Analytics Platform on AWS

GoodData Cloud, a fully managed cloud version of the eponymous vendor’s analytics platform, is set to launch on AWS in July.

Following the introduction of the managed cloud version on AWS – it’s already in beta testing and tentatively slated for general availability on July 18, according to GoodData – the vendor plans to make GoodData Cloud available on Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more. other clouds as well.

Lighten the load

GoodData.CN (cloud native), the provider’s core analytics platform, is already cloud-centric and capable of running on any cloud in any location in the world. But this release, which also enables on-premises and hybrid deployments, is hosted and managed by customers in their own environment rather than GoodData.

And that’s the preference of many customers, according to GoodData founder and CEO Roman Stanek. Others, however, want the hosting burden lifted, so the provider has responded by developing GoodData Cloud.

“It’s a matter of convenience,” Stanek said. “Many of our customers… want to focus on other parts of their projects, so we make it easy for them. We will also leverage over 10 years of experience to help customers scale and leverage their systems.”

He added that flexibility, including the ability to run on customers’ clouds of choice, is important for analytics providers, which is why GoodData.CN was designed to work on any cloud. , and GoodData Cloud will eventually be available on multiple clouds after its initial launch. availability on AWS.

We want to … work on all clouds, all databases. It is absolutely essential.

Romain StanekFounder and CEO, Good Data

In fact, Stanek noted that all GoodData Cloud beta customers also use GoodData.CN. And with cloud analytics still in its infancy, even organizations that have migrated some of their analytics to the cloud tend to have hybrid deployments.

“It’s important for us to be on top of the game,” Stanek said. “We have customers who use Oracle Cloud and IBM Cloud, and customers who are in different regions of the world. We want to… work on all clouds, all databases. It’s absolutely essential, and it’s is the biggest change from 10 years ago when everything was self-contained.”

Similarly, Mike Leone, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, underscored the importance for vendors to allow customers to deploy on the cloud — or clouds — of their choice.

“It’s really about where the data resides,” he said. “We know that many organizations have data in multiple clouds, so having a cloud-agnostic approach is a big deal for organizations. When it comes to launches, most vendors need to prioritize one cloud over to another, [but] the ultimate goal is to run on all the clouds.”

Regarding the launch of GoodData Cloud, Leone added that managed services are an enticing option for many potential customers and have the potential to increase productivity as they take much of the burden off data experts.

“As the world continues to shift from traditional on-premises BI deployments to the cloud, managed service offerings are incredibly attractive,” he said. “A cloud-managed service can enable a new level of productivity for experts and generalists, whether they control integrations and back-end management, or as an end user looking for quick access to large scale.”

The evolution of GoodData

The planned launch of GoodData Cloud, meanwhile, will come just over a year after the provider unveiled a completely revamped version of its platform.

Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, GoodData spent two years from summer 2019 to summer 2021 completely redesigning its platform.

Prior to the redesign, GoodData offered a traditional analytics platform contained within its own database-driven environment, and the vendor had a particular specialization in embedded BI capabilities. In 2019, however, Stanek determined that BI was ineffective as a stand-alone capability kept separate from other work functions.

He called BI a monolith – a capability disconnected from the daily workflows of business users that required them to waste time and effort switching between GoodData and their other business applications to obtain data-driven insights.

Over the next two years, the vendor rebuilt its platform tool by tool to create what Stanek calls a headless platform. It allows users to work with GoodData and have access to analytical information while remaining in their daily work environment, in particular by allowing data analysts and data scientists to use GoodData while remaining in their data warehouses and their data lakes.

A sample dashboard from GoodData displays an organization’s sales information.

In June 2021, the provider launched GoodData.CN. The tool suite is data as a service, according to Stanek, and consists of a series of cloud-based microservices that allow customers to choose the features that meet their needs and integrate them into their workflows. normal work.

The burden of hosting and managing GoodData.CN, however, lies with the provider’s customers. The next evolution of GoodData’s analytics platform is a version that eases this burden.

“GoodData Cloud is the next step in this evolution,” Stanek said. “It’s the same product [as GoodData.CN] from a functional point of view, but we add… convenience.”

He added that by serving as a host for his customers, he wants GoodData itself to be GoodData’s biggest customer. As it gains experience hosting deployments for its customers, GoodData will develop best practices that can then be passed on to customers managing and hosting their own deployments.

“Our goal is not just to provide this hosted version, but to develop plans for our customers to use,” Stanek said. “We want to be able to show how we do it internally, so that when customers do it in their clouds, they don’t have to invent the wheel. They will get best practices for how to host GoodData on different clouds.”

Future plans

Following the launch of GoodData Cloud on AWS in July, the vendor plans to make the fully managed version of its platform available on other public clouds, as noted by Stanek.

In particular, Azure and Google Cloud are priorities, then over time the provider plans to make GoodData Cloud available on as many clouds as possible around the world.

“It could be a 10-year roadmap, but the top three are AWS, Google, and Azure,” Stanek said.

Beyond expanding GoodData Cloud’s footprint, the vendor’s roadmap includes developing partnerships that ensure its analytics platform can be part of a decision-making ecosystem. Among them are the launch of integrations with dbt Labs, which offers a data transformation platform, and data lakehouse provider Dremio.

“GoodData.CN was a kernel that we built, and now we’re taking it and making it part of a bigger puzzle with clouds on one side, databases on the other, and all the different types of user interfaces for consumers,” Stanek said.

Enterprise Strategy Group is a division of TechTarget.