Thursday, October 4, 2012

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) May Announce Project Sparta To Simplify Big Data

Computing giant, International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) seems to be close to declaring a new product that is aimed at simplifying how firms manage so-called ‘big data’ issues stemming from handling and analyzing the massive amounts of data generated through their daily operations.

People, who are familiar with the firm’s plans, have told AllThingsD that the product is known internally as project Sparta. It is believed to be the most recent result of a 4-year, $2 billion research and development attempt that has yielded two offerings. Information about the new product has been tough to confirm. 
However, IBM has scheduled a declaration for 9th October at a company event in Boston.

Initially announced in April, the PureSystems line is supposed to bring together all the essential pieces that are required for handling complex computing issues requiring a combination of products from several vendors.
The first two products in the line were PureFlex and PureApplications. The former is a combination of computing, systems managements, data storage and networking components in a single incorporated product that is pre-configured for a customer and is meant for easy deployment in a data centre. PureApplications is a machine designed for web-based transactions and database. The firm says that PureSystems line can save time that is required to set up a data centre.

The PureSystems line can be compared to a new line of products from Oracle, a rival of IBM. Oracle has acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. Since then is has started selling ‘engineered systems’ that are sold under names like Exalogic, Exalytics and Exadata. The Exa line incorporates a combination of hardware that is aimed at specific applications. Oracle is believed to make a number of announcements related to the Exa line at its yearly Oracle Open World Conference to be held in San Francisco.

IBM has refused to comment on this matter, even though it is clear that the product will have the word ‘pure’ included in its name. 

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