Storage firm EMC has unveiled an update to its Greenplum big data platform which will include the acquisition of Pivotal Labs.
The company said that the forthcoming Greenplum Chorus will function as an integration tool for the Greenplum platform, offering a way for researchers and developers to collaborate while analysing and working with large collections of data.
EMC will offer Chorus as an open-source platform later this year, with OpenChorus slated for release before the year's end.
Greenplum, acquired by EMC in 2010, has provided the firms platform for big data projects. It collects and analyses data from a number of sources not traditionally associated with database platforms.
EMC has confirmed it has reached agreement to acquire Pivotal Labs, a maker of developer tools for web applications and big data applications.
Scott Yara, Greenplum senior vice president of products, told V3 that the deal was reached after Pivotal helped Greenplum on the development of the Chorus platform.
"When we had this set of ideas around Chorus it ended up being a challenging thing for us to write all of these things were different types of software engineering from developing internal and database software," Yara said.
"Once we started working with Pivotal, the project started taking off and that is when we realised what they have built is something pretty special."
While Pivotal Labs will become part of EMC, the company also expects to retain its current platforms and expand into the larger enterprise software development space.
Pivotal's executive Rob Mee believes that the deal will help the company reach further into emerging spaces such as big data platforms.
"Typically when we work with clients we work with their developers hand in hand," he told V3.
"It is not just that we are building apps to run on thee platforms, we are teaching the customers that have this data how to build it as well."
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