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IBM Announces New Innovations to Help Organizations Benefit From Big Data


As I posted earlier in the day, IBM is making a number of announcements today, including new releases of DB2; PureData Systems; InfoSphere BigInsights, Streams and Entity Analytics; and Informix TimeSeries.  What they have in common is that they are all centered around helping organizations benefit from Big Data.

Today's announcements include:

  • BLU Acceleration, a breakthrough set of technologies, including Dynamic In-Memory technology, that deliver speed of thought analytics over terabytes  
  • DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration, flexible, multi-workload database software including 8 to 25x faster reporting and analytics, up to 1000x  performance improvement, 10-25x overall database savings, always available transactions and unprecedented reliability
  • PureData System for Hadoop simplifies the complexities of deploying big data in the enterprise and augments the data warehouse with a queryable archive
  • InfoSphere BigInsights, Streams, and Entity Analytics provide innovations in our big data platform to improve performance, consumability and exploration of big data in motion and at rest
  • Informix TimeSeries delivers operational reporting and analytics acceleration for smart meter and sensor data

See below for links to more in-depth technical background, and head on over to DeveloperWorks for a free trial of DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration.

Today's press release provides more background on the various elements of these announcements:
BLU Acceleration enables users to have much faster access to key information, leading to better decision-making. The software extends the capabilities of traditional in-memory systems -- which allows data to be loaded into Random Access Memory instead of hard disks for faster performance -- by providing in-memory performance even when data sets exceed the size of the memory. During testing, some queries in a typical analytics workload were more than 1000 times faster when using the combined innovations of BLU Acceleration.
Innovations in BLU Acceleration include "data skipping," which allows the ability to skip over data that doesn't need to be analyzed, such as duplicate information; the ability to analyze data in parallel across different processors; and greater ability to analyze data transparently to the application, without the need to develop a separate layer of data modeling. Another industry-first advance in BLU Acceleration is called "actionable compression," where data no longer has to be decompressed to be analyzed.  


PureData System for Hadoop is definitely something you should explore if you are looking at including Hadoop in your enterprise deployment:
The new system can reduce from weeks to minutes the ramp-up time organizations need to adopt enterprise-class Hadoop technology with powerful, easy-to-use analytic tools and visualization for both business analysts and data scientists. In addition, it provides enhanced Big Data tools for monitoring, development and integration with many more enterprise systems.  


Also included in today's announcement are updates to the following products:
  • A new version of InfoSphere BigInsights, IBM’s enterprise-ready Hadoop offering, which makes it simpler to develop applications using existing SQL skills, compliance security and high availability features vital for enterprise applications. BigInsights offers three entry points: free download, enterprise software and now an expert integrated system, IBM PureData System for Hadoop.
  • A new version of InfoSphere Streams, unique “stream computing” software that enables massive amounts of data in motion to be analyzed in real-time, with performance improvements, and simplified application development and deployment.
  • A new version of Informix including TimeSeries Acceleration for operational reporting and analytics on smart meter and sensor data.

In Depth View

If you'd like a more in-depth look at the technology being announced, head on over to the online IBM Data Magazine, where you'll find articles on DB2 10.5 with BLUE Acceleration, Informix 12.1, and the new PureData System for Hadoop.

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