This new serverless, open source platform enables organisations to build highly sophisticated applications, enriched with data from any different sources, in minutes versus the months usually required.
Furnace Ignite Ltd on Tuesday announced the launch of Furnace, a free and open source platform that brings unprecedented speed, agility and simplicity to the creation of streaming data applications for smart cities, IoT, marketing, finance and other data intensive sectors and scenarios.
Furnace enables data-rich organisations, of any size, to build highly sophisticated applications quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
The company describes Furnace as an infrastructure and language-agnostic, serverless, framework that can be instantiated and operated in minutes regardless of previous experience and skill level.
The platform is aligned with GitOps methodology, enabling developers to focus on feature innovation rather than mundane, time-consuming operational concerns.
“From smart cities to marketing and security, vast new pools of data are unused or underemployed, both because of the scarcity of developer talent and the enormous commitment of time and money currently required to bring a complex application to market,” said Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Ovum.
“Furnace helps companies overcome the developer skills gap that so often stalls innovation and bypasses the resource-intensive, extremely expensive development cycles that can derail the completion of promising new applications and services,” he added.
The company claims that Furnace is designed to reverse the trend of escalating complexity and costs of ‘Big Data’ processing and storage.
As such, initial use-cases of Furnace include – rapid and inexpensive fusion of data streams from disparate sources; data filtration, sanitization and storage, for reasons such as legal compliance; enablement of Cloud native data into SIEM and improved efficiency.
Key features of Furnace:
Agnostic framework that makes use of cloud-native capabilities, Furnace runs natively in AWS Cloud. It has integrated build pipeline and infrastructure orchestration.
It can easily create multiple environments (development, testing and production) with minimal cost.
In future, the company also plans to include more features to allow Furnace to run natively in Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Additional coding languages including Python and Golang may also be added.
Danny Waite, Chief Technology Officer, Furnace Ignite, said, “We developed Furnace to ease the time, costs and skills associated with the data streaming development process and we believe the platform offers great benefits to the developer community worldwide.”
“Furnace will continue to be developed to suit the needs of the opensource community and we welcome user feedback on the platform,” he added.