Databricks, the data and AI company, recently announced Databricks Partner Connect, a portal for users to quickly discover a broad set of validated data, analytics, and AI tools and easily integrate them with their Databricks lakehouse across multiple cloud providers.

Integrations with Databricks partners Fivetran, Labelbox, Microsoft Power BI, Prophecy, Rivery, and Tableau are initially available to customers, with Airbyte, Blitzz, dbt Labs, and several others coming in the months ahead. 

In addition, with Databricks Partner Connect, users are enabled to discover new, pre-validated solutions from Databricks partners that complement their business needs. With this, users can easily expand their lakehouse into every corner of their data ecosystem in order to solve current or future challenges.

OpenAI’s API now available with no waitlist

OpenAI revealed that its API is now available for developers in supported countries to sign up and start experimenting without a waitlist. Over the past year, OpenAI has made many improvements to it’s API, including the Instruct Series models that adhere better to human instructions, specialized endpoints for more truthful question-answering, and a free content filter to help developers mitigate abuse.

Other changes to the API include an improved Playground, resulting in easier prototyping with models, an example library with many prompts to help developers get started, and Codex, a new model that translates natural language into code. unveils observability updates, an open source observability platform for modern DevOps teams, announced several updates to its observability platform at its annual ScaleUP user conference. The combination of updates brings users a wide range of advanced and mission-critical capabilities in order to support today’s unified full stack observability.

Available later this year, the updates include unified dashboards, anomaly detection, service performance monitoring, security event management, and OpenSearch. In addition, announced that it will expand its operations to Japan before the end of the year.

New Kubernetes certification from The Cloud Native Computing Foundation

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit enabling innovation through open source, and The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, have announced that the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) exam, originally announced last month, is now generally available for enrollment and scheduling. 

In addition, a new online training course, Kubernetes and Cloud Native Essentials, has been released to both prepare individuals for entry level cloud roles and to sit for the KCNA exam. KCNA is made up of a multiple-choice certification exam designed to test entry-level knowledge and skills in Kubernetes as well as the wider cloud native ecosystem. 

The KCNA exam is broken up into different sections, including Kubernetes fundamentals, container orchestration, cloud native architecture, cloud native observability, and cloud native application delivery.