Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tecton Unveils Major New Release of Feast Open Source Feature Store 

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2021 -- Tecton, an enterprise feature store company and primary contributor to Feast, today announced Feast 0.10, the first feature store that can be deployed locally in minutes without dedicated infrastructure. The new release makes it possible for data scientists to reap the benefits of a functionally complete feature store with no infrastructure overhead or maintenance. Feast has seen strong adoption to date with more than 1,700 GitHub stars and contributions from Agoda, Cimpress, Farfetch, Google Cloud, Tecton and Zulily.

“Our data science team is excited for Feast’s new release! The simplified architecture will integrate with our existing infrastructure with minimal effort. Feast will help us centralize our features which promotes consistency, reusability and visibility of our prediction data,” said David Frantz, a senior software engineer at Porch, a home services platform company that connects homeowners with quality home improvement, repair and maintenance professionals.”

Feature stores have emerged as a critical component of the infrastructure stack for machine learning (ML). They solve the hardest part of operationalizing ML: building and serving ML data to production. They allow data scientists to build better ML features and deploy these features to production quickly and reliably.

Until today, feature stores have not been lightweight or flexible enough to address the needs of individual data scientists and small data teams. Feast 0.10 is delivered as a Python software development kit (SDK) that can be deployed locally in minutes. Furthermore, Feast 0.10 is modular and integrates with existing data stacks, eliminating the burden and requirement of deploying and maintaining dedicated infrastructure.

"Fast follower enterprises need to digitally transform their businesses and compete in a volatile post-COVID-19 environment. ML can help them, provided they implement accurate ML models that avoid infrastructure complexity. Data scientists must transform mountains of data, distil the right features, then use those features to train and deploy models. Feast 0.10 offers an open source feature store to support this--and inevitable retraining and redeployment when the data drifts--on top of existing infrastructure,” said Kevin Petrie, Vice President of Research at Eckerson Group.

“We originally open sourced Feast to share our feature store technology and accelerate the deployment of all ML-powered applications. Feast 0.10 is a major milestone towards making feature stores easy to adopt for data teams that are just getting started in their operational ML journey,” said Willem Pienaar, creator and an official committer of Feast and architect at Tecton.

About Tecton

Tecton’s mission is to make world-class ML accessible to every company. Tecton enables data scientists to turn raw data into production-ready features, the predictive signals that feed ML models. The founders created the Uber Michelangelo ML platform, and the team has extensive experience building data systems for industry leaders like Google, Facebook, Airbnb and Uber. Tecton is the main contributor and committer of Feast, the leading open source feature store. Tecton is backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia and is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in New York. For more information, visit https://www.tecton.ai.


Source: Tecton

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