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February 10, 2017

Anaconda Gets Big Iron Support From IBM


IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe for the Anaconda stack used by Python programmers.

The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Feb. 9) that it is collaborating with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics and Rocket Software to host the open source analytics platform on IBM z/OS mainframes. Last year, IBM and several partners collaborated to bring Apache Spark to it z System mainframe, allowing the open-source analytics framework to run natively on the company’s mainframe operating system.

Support for Anaconda on the IBM mainframe is designed to give Python programmers greater access to big data analytics running on the z/OS platform. Tighter integration of big data tools on mainframes appears to be on the rise, according to a vendor survey released last month by Syncsort. The report found that two-thirds of mainframe customers surveyed said the ability to perform big data analytics was “very” or “somewhat” important.

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