Big Blue flexes Big Data muscles

IBM goes on Big Data offensive – buys Vivisimo, expands ecosystem

Chris Mayer
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The competition is getting fierce amongst vendors wanting a piece of Big Data analytics. IBM decides to pursue Vivisimo and also broaden its horizons

The Big Data Wars have been in full force since the turn of the
year. Vendors have been teaming up with Big Data specialists such
as Cloudera, Hortonworks and the like, to offer Hadoop-ready stacks
to combat the latest craze.

In turn, many have realised the power of holding analytics cards
and flaunting them. Companies like Jaspersoft have been focusing on
Big Data analytics and there’s certainly a clamouring from the
enterprise world for tools that can quickly harness incoming data
and turn it into comprehensive, legible analytics in record
turnaround time.

Today, IBM announced the acquisition of Vivisimo, a Pittsburgh
company devoted to the field of Big Data and analytics, with a view
to bolstering their Big Data credentials especially when it comes
to automated data flow of enterprise analytics. Vivisimo’s software
has potential to slot right into IBM’s offering, as the
architecture below shows:

As you can see, Vivisimo’s
software scans unstructured data, automates discovery
and puts it in an easy-to-navigate format, which arguably is its
most appealing point. Vivisimo currently has 120 employees and
clients such as Cisco and the US Air Force under its belt, but with
IBM swooping to capture this promising company, it could quite
easily acquire many more admirers to add to the impressive 140+
portfolio. Financial terms of the deal weren’t
disclosed.

Big Blue’s other announcement could
prove more pivotal in the long run however, after announcing their
intentions to expand their Big Data partnership ecosystem. IBM has
been a big contributor towards Apache Hadoop and its own platform
is based on that technology. But seeking to progress things
further, IBM have decided to expand by running their platform
on other distributions of Hadoop, starting with top dog
Cloudera.

Cloudera has been at the heart of the
Hadoop development community from the start, providing Hadoop-based
systems to clients across a broad range of industries including
financial services, government, telecommunications, media, retail,
energy and healthcare. Now, Cloudera Hadoop clients can now take
advantage of IBM’s Big Data platform to perform complex analytics
and build a new generation of software applications.

It’s a general no-brainer that by
putting faith in Cloudera, clients will be given the best Big Data
expertise whilst still getting support from IBM. This olive branch
being offered to arguably the market leader for Big Data solutions
certainly solidifies their position as a Big Data hub, with such a
strong portfolio. Your move, other vendors.

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