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IBM beefs up big data appliances

03 Apr 2013

IBM has announced a series of updates and additions for its big data analysis platform.

The company said that it would be adding a Big Data branded model to its PureData server line as well as a updates for a number of its big data software tools.

The PureData for Hadoop system will be designed specifically for IBM's Hadoop platform and will ship with the company's InfoSphere BigInsights platform. The systems will offer companies a fully integrated big data system as a single unit.

IBM said that the PureData for Hadoop system will ship in the third quarter of this year.

In addition to the new PureData system, the company is rolling out new versions of several of its big data software products.

The InfoSphere BigInsights platform will be update with new security and compliance features as well as new tools for developers. Additionally, IBM will update its InfoSphere Streams and Informix Time big data analysis tools with new features to improve big data management.

The updates are part of an effort by IBM to expand the reach of its Big Data brand in the enterprise space.

"In the last five years, IBM has invested billions in research to unlock the power of Big Data, and we're delivering some of the resulting innovations today," said IBM information management general manager Bob Picciano.

"Increasingly, the demand for these capabilities is moving from the back office of large enterprises to public-facing engagements with customers, citizens, buyers, partners and employees, and that means data needs to move at the speed of business."

While big data is becoming an increasingly standard part of many businesses' processes, projects are being hampered by poor management and a lack of trained big data scientists, although there are moves in the industry to address this problem from the likes of Royal Holloway university.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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