What is IBM BigInsights on Cloud?

IBM® BigInsights™ on Cloud is an industry standard Hadoop offering that combines the best of open source software with enterprise-grade options. It helps organizations to cost effectively manage and analyze big data – the volume and variety of data that customers and businesses create and collect every day.

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Secure and Reliable

Compliant with top security standards including FISC, SOC2 Type 1, ISO 27001 and HIPAA-ready. Offers the performance and security of an on-premises Spark deployment, without the cost or complexity of managing your own infrastructure.

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Integrated Analytics

Includes built-in analytics modules which support a variety of analytics skillsets and applications (if you can work in spreadsheets, you can use IBM BigInsights on Cloud).

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Open and Powerful

Benefit from 100% open source Hadoop through the IBM Open Platform, which includes all the Hadoop ecosystem components bundled for you, including Apache Spark.

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Integrated with Apache Spark

Apache Spark was developed for use with Hadoop, and does not have a data store. The two big data frameworks are complementary, and work together very effectively as a big data system. Hadoop MapReduce is used for batch processing of data stored in HDFS for fast and reliable analysis, whereas Apache Spark is used for data streaming and in-memory distributed processing for faster real-time analysis.

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Backed by IBM’s ODPi commitment

The Open Data Platform (ODPi) is a shared industry effort focused on promoting and advancing the state of Apache Hadoop for the enterprise. The ODPi is currently made up of 17 (and growing) of the leading big data companies in the world — representing all points in the customer lifecycle.

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Get help from big data experts

Our big data experts are unbeatable technology partners who have deep Hadoop expertise, are accessible 24/7, and who can support any of your needs – from pay-as-you-grow to maturing a team’s analytics capabilities.

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Dive into a data lake

Find security amid data marts

International banks typically have complex on-premise analytics environments that are interdependent on multiple data marts, which become increasingly expensive and difficult to manage.

By transitioning to IBM BigInsights on Cloud, one of our financial services customers put their data directly into a data lake. Users from different areas of the business could then access and query data directly, and gain agility, speed and efficiency.

Build analytics — fast

Flexibility for data-sensitive projects

Pharmaceutical companies are sometimes required to perform analysis on medical records; however, disparate systems and privacy concerns prevent them from having an on-premise analytics environment.

We helped one customer build an economic model for a new drug treatment by provisioning a BigInsights cluster in less than 48 hours.

Mitigate social media risk

Mine for risk in social sentiment analysis

Developing and operationalizing a capability to monitor risk from poor employee behavior or negative exposure from inappropriate customer communication is now required for both small businesses and corporations.

Getting quick insights from social media feeds to validate sentiment can be easily deployed on IBM BigInsights on Cloud via built-in enhanced analytics — without the cost, complexity and risk of managing the infrastructure.

Get started with a IBM BigInsights on Cloud

Get started with IBM BigInsights on Cloud

Pricing starts at $1,800 USD per node per month. See the sizing tool for estimates.

Pricing starts at $1,800 USD per node per month. See the sizing tool for estimates.

Pricing starts at $1,800 USD per node per month. See the sizing tool for estimates.

IBM BigInsights on Cloud resources


The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016

Explore the right Hadoop cloud solution for your business, and learn why IBM is a leader.


IBM BigInsights on Cloud data sheet

Learn more about the specifics of IBM BigInsights on Cloud.


The BigInsights Team Blog

A resource for Hadoop thought leadership.

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