IBM has launched a dedicated system for big data gathering and analysis, which provides companies with an integrated platform for collecting and processing analytic reports from unstructured data.
The PureData system will be part of an expansion to the PureSystems brand which IBM said has been in development for more than four years. The company hopes that the system will allow customers to begin big data analysis with a single hardware deployment.
The company said that the PureData systems will each be able to perform analytics operations on up to 100 databases based locally or on cloud computing platforms.
IBM hopes that the system will help to spur growth in big data analysis. While the big data field has promised to help dramatically improve the quality of data analytics and business intelligence, vendors are still working to develop integrated, easily deployable systems for enterprise use.
"We are on the leading edge of a new era of computing where clients can process vast amounts of information in real time and in ways that can fundamentally transform how business gets done," said IBM information management general manager Arvind Krishna.
"To accelerate this transformation, we need to simplify and speed the deployment of new capabilities, and greatly reduce the cost of IT operations."
IBM has been among the most aggressive vendors in the big data research and development space in recent years. Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, said that Big Blue has established itself as one of the biggest stakeholders in the burgeoning market.
"Your major players in no particular order are IBM, VCE, HP, HDS, and Oracle on the systems side," Enderle explained.
"I think these guys form a pretty solid barrier keeping smaller players out of this space."
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