BARCELONA: HP has made its Autonomy Idol big data platform available in the cloud in order to broaden access to its capabilities.
Idol, which stands for Intelligent Data Operating Layer, was one of the tools HP brought on board from its acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. It forms a key part of its Haven suite of big data offerings, that also includes the recently updated Vertica platform and security tool ArcSight.
Now HP is hoping to broaden the appeal and use of Idol by opening up web APIs that developers can access under an Early Access Program, as HP explained on the sign-up page for the service.
"The managed Early Access Program gives app developers access to available IDOL OnDemand web service APIs before they're released to the general public. Early Access members are admitted on a rolling basis to ensure that members receive our full support," it said.
Robert Youngjohns, HP Autonomy general manager, said he hoped this would widen the scope of how Idol is used. "Idol OnDemand allows developers to create applications specific to various industries in which they operate," he said.
HP said the OnDemand version of Idol offers different capabilities to the on-premise version, such as being more ideally suited for simpler information analytics, immediate access rather than a big assembly, and incremental feature updates over time.
To begin with HP will only offer data for developers to use from Wikipedia and "news feeds", although these feeds were not specified. Developers will be able to use their own data sets "in the near future".
Putting data-crunching tools in the cloud is a growing trend from major IT vendors, with IBM going through the same process with its Watson platform and SAP with HANA.
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