International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s Cloud Service On Apache Spark Rolls Out
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) continues to show its support for Apache Spark in words and actions. After initially committing $300 million investment to Spark, IBM has followed it up with the release of IBM Analytics on Apache Spark. The cloud service is being offered as part of IBM Bluemix cloud.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has unveiled its Apache Spark-based cloud service. The move follows IBM’s commitment earlier this year to invest $300 million in Spark and also dedicate a team of 3,500 researchers to work on the technology.
Part of Bluemix
IBM’s Apache Spark cloud services as a Spark-as-a-service rendering that the company says is an extension of Bluemix. With the Spark offering, IBM is looking to pull together its other analytic and cloud data service such as dashDB and Cloudant into the Bluemix environment. Moreover, IBM’s Spark cloud service will also support Python-based coding on Spark.
IBM is rich in data analysis tools
Deeper involvement of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) in Spark cloud offering is expected to enrich the technology in multiple ways. For example, IBM boasts a host of data and analytic technologies such as TM1, Informix, SPSS, Cloudant, Watson and more. What the company needs to do to revolutionize data analysis is to federate its various data and analytic assets around Apache in the cloud.
When it comes to data and analytic technology, few companies can put IBM down, which is why the company is sitting on something like a goldmine in cloud analysis market. Some of IBM’s data/analytic technologies have been developed in-house while some have been brought in through acquisitions.
IBM has several data technologies that have potential wide application. What the company needs to do is realign them in a manner that makes them more relevant to those who want to use the technologies.
Insight Cloud Services for complete analytics
Alongside the release of IBM Analytics on Spark, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) also launched Insight Cloud Services, which features data from multiple sources such as Twitter. The data featured on Insight Cloud Services include data about people, events and businesses. Through Insight Cloud Services, IBM can be seen trying to create a holistic analytic platform.
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