IBM has announced a series of updates to its big data insight and analytics platforms at its annual Information on Demand conference.
The firm said the series of updates were part of its ongoing push to bring ‘cognitive computing’ to the masses to help benefit from ever-growing data sets. One key new product is the IBM SmartCloud Analytics Predictive Insights tool that Big Blue claims is able to sift through vast amounts of data in real time to spot patterns and trends.
IBM said this could prove valuable for firms looking to track IT requests and issues by providing more insights into problems that slow productivity. The service will be offered on IBM’s SoftLayer cloud service as part of the firm's ongoing cloud push.
Another new tool announced is SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, which IBM said is designed to automatically analyse and store data types in a firm’s cloud storage infrastructure, to remove the need for manual processing.
The software is said to learn patterns and spot data types to understand how it is being used by a business so it can be stored in the right location. IBM said it is using this service itself in one location and this reduced storage costs by 50 percent.
IBM is also taking its data analytics services to the cloud, with the release of a preview version of BLU Acceleration for Cloud. This is designed to bring the firm’s in-memory database analytics services to more firms by allowing access in a simple, self-service manner.
Steven Mills, senior vice president for Software and Systems at IBM, said the release of this array of tools should help firms of all size and type to make more of their data.
“As the value of data continues to grow, the differentiator for clients will be around predicting what could happen to help transform their business with speed and conviction,” he said.
“IBM’s latest set of solutions allow clients to help predict customer behavior and outcomes with speed and ease, all delivered from the cloud.”
The updates are just the latest in a series of announcements from IBM around analytics services and the cloud as it pushes to keep pace with rivals such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
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