Tag: IBM

Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Hadoop Market is Neck and Neck, Forrester Says

Jan 20, 2016 |

If you’re shopping for a Hadoop distribution on which to hang your big data hat, you have your work cut out for you, according to Forrester Research, which found four strong performers in a market it says is neck and neck. “Choosing a Hadoop distribution will be difficult for most AD&D [application development and delivery] pros who carefully consider each of these Leaders,” write Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna. “Forrester doesn’t think there is a wrong choice among Read more…

New Databases Help Astronomers Probe the Universe

Jan 7, 2016 |

The observable universe became a bit more manageable this week when international astronomers moved to get their arms around their massive datasets through a partnership with the developers of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, or iRODS. Data scientists who developed the open source iRODS framework said it would provide astronomers studying the origins of our galaxy and mysterious dark matter with a better way to query their huge data volumes, store and retrieve data and metadata as well as transport Read more…

IBM Expands Spark Support with SystemML

Nov 30, 2015 |

IBM’s machine learning technology has been accepted as an open source project, adding momentum to the steady enterprise shift to open-source development. The development effort also extends IBM’s reach into the Apache Spark ecosystem. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said last week its SystemML originally developed for its BigInsights data analytics platform has been accepted as an Apache Incubator open source project. SystemML is a machine learning algorithm translator designed to help developers building machine-learning models used for predictive analytics across a Read more…

Data Privacy Gets a Makeover With ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Scheme

Nov 24, 2015 |

A cloud tool for application developers is designed to provide strong data encryption by eliminating the requirement for app users to share personal data. The tool also aims to reduce the burden on companies who must protect personal data residing in their apps. IBM said its Identity Mixer cloud tool is generally available. It uses a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt personal data like a user’s age, address or credit card number. IBM said its framework differs from other data security Read more…

Watson App Gives Big Data for Christmas

Nov 18, 2015 |

Holiday shopping anxiety? There’s an app for that. IBM launched its Watson-based “Trend” app this week designed to keep users posted on what’s selling this Christmas and why. Watson Trend was released in time for the holidays as an iPhone or desktop app. The app seeks to create another consumer use case for the Watson cognitive technology platform that leverages natural language processing and machine learning to glean insights from heaps of unstructured data. In the case of Watson Trend, Read more…

Neo4j Touts 10x Performance Boost of Graphs on IBM Power FPGAs

Oct 21, 2015 |

Neo Technology today announced that it’s working with IBM to support its graph database on IBM Power8-based servers equipped with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This will enable customers to run graph databases with hundreds of billions to trillions of edges, thereby tackling a new class of intractable big data problems in bioinformatics, fraud detection, and IoT analytics. In other news, Neo also open sourced a key piece of software. Like most NoSQL database vendors, Neo Technology supports its software Read more…

IBM Watson Targets ‘Self-Serve’ Analytics

Oct 14, 2015 |

In another attempt to extend its cognitive computing model beyond IT administrators to business users, IBM said it is expanding it Watson Analytics platform to include data discovery models along with natural language processing, data visualization and predictive analytics. In trumpeting Watson’s new data discovery and question-and-answer capabilities designed to speed the delivery of self-service analytics, IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced that half a million users have so far registered to use the Watson Analytics service introduced last year. The Read more…

Tape Storage Spec Jumps to 15TB

Sep 15, 2015 |

Data storage licensing specifications released this week by a consortium of technology companies would boost tape storage capacity for archival and other long-term storage to as much as 15 terabytes. The LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Program, which offers different licensing packages and specifications for its open tape format, said Monday (Sept. 14) its latest specification would more than double tape storage capacity up to 15 terabytes per cartridge when compressed. It also specified tape drive transfer rates for large files up Read more…

Apache Spark Gets IBM Mainframe Connection

Sep 1, 2015 |

IBM’s recent embrace of Apache Spark is beginning to generate dividends in the form of open source contributions for a mainframe big data link to Spark. Big data software vendor Syncsort, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said Tuesday (Sept. 1) it is contributing an IBM z System mainframe connector for Apache Spark that would allow easier access to mainframe data using Spark’s analytics and Spark SQL. The company described its latest mainframe connector as being similar to the Apache Sqoop link it Read more…