IBM Bolsters Spark for Analytics on Linux Mainframes

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IBM continues to invest in Apache Spark -- an open source platform for big data analytics. The latest moves involve Apache Spark for Linux running on IBM mainframes, plus partnerships with three data-mining software companies.

Spark on z Systems "will allow data scientists to utilize Apache Spark’s common programming framework and leverage the mainframe’s advanced analytics capabilities without focusing on the data’s specific format," according to IBM.

Meanwhile, IBM also is working with three data-mining companies on analytic software efforts. They include:

Zementis: The software company introduced Zementis for z Systems to provide clients looking to drive real-time insights into their transactional systems with more options.

Rocket Software: The development firm will offer Data Virtualization Service for Spark on z Systems. The effort will allow customers to "consolidate multiple disconnected data sources into a single source."

Elite Analytics: The consulting plans to offer new software and services for z Systems to help enterprises develop, manage and execute analytics projects.

IBM is investing heavily in Spark, an open source approach to managing data for analytics applications. Some pundits think Spark will compete with Hadoop, while others think the two technologies will coexist.


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