IBM Data Science Experience Local V1.1 turns data into business insights

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP17-0447
September 12, 2017

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IBM® Data Science Experience Local V1.1 provides end-to-end management of the machine learning workflow through a suite of tools and capabilities that enables data scientists to accelerate their productivity and keeps models deployed across the enterprise current. Data Science Experience Local is available on premises and offers the following benefits:

  • Integrates the most popular open source data science tools (for example, Jupyter Notebooks, Spark, RStudio, and more) in a single location and enables access to common data and framework, eliminating the problem of siloed tools.
  • Scales data scientist productivity through collaboration, enabling data scientists to tap into the expertise of their peers and to collaborate over specific multiple projects.
  • Offers optimization capabilities by embedding optimization engines such as IBM CPaLEX and IBM CP Optimizer with Python API as a modeling interface. For solving, a model limitation is applied for 1,000 variables and 1,000 constraints of model size, but an incremental purchase of unlimited solving engines removes limitations.
  • Allows data scientists to develop models with a wide range of algorithms that can be trained and improved with machine learning services. Models can be rapidly deployed to production and continuously monitored by data scientists in a single model management dashboard.

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Interest in and adoption of data science and machine learning is booming with a profusion of new tools, new algorithms, new libraries, and new data sets such as Twitter and more. Data-driven companies such as Uber and Airbnb have shown the rest of the world the impact world-class data science can have on business results.

The challenge companies have to extract business insights from their data is exacerbated by a continued shortage of skilled data scientists. That skills limitation, coupled with the fact that many existing tools are siloed, requiring different skill sets, has made it increasingly difficult for companies to derive valuable insights that could drive decision-making and business results.

Data Science Experience Local is designed by data scientists to increase their productivity. It solves many of the current challenges, enabling companies to quickly ramp up the impact of data science to get more out of their data from existing resources. Cross-functional teams can now collaborate on the same machine learning project, and the resulting models can be easily deployed, evaluated, and monitored over time.

Data Science Experience Local enables companies to drive business results with insights from their data, while keeping the data secure. Data Science Experience Local offers the following key capabilities:

  • Provide a dashboard for administrators to monitor services. Administrators do not need to be familiar with Kubernetes and Docker technologies because the dashboard provides an overall view of cluster and service health and hides the complexities of the underlying deployments. Administrators can easily view resource consumption and the health and performance of each service. Administrators can also run utilities to automatically troubleshoot the cluster and collect logs. The dashboard features include:
    • View of global resource consumption of CPU, memory, and storage
    • Ability to drill down to individual services
    • Ability to view currently running services and historical consumption statistics
    • View of current and past alerts and access to service logs
  • Provide a convenient user management system to securely manage user access. Administrators can integrate existing LDAP systems or use built-in authentication methods.
  • Provide high availability, load balancing, and fail-over for added security and stability.
  • Gain access to ready-to-use, preintegrated, and managed popular open source tools such as Jupyter Notebooks, RStudio, and Spark in a single location. Data scientists no longer have to expend valuable resources to manage the many versions of open source tools.
  • Provide access to common data through shared object storage.
  • Collaborate on shared workspaces (projects), enabling new data scientists to improve their data science skills and their knowledge of proprietary company data by sharing with and learning from more experienced data scientists.
  • Offer an environment where data scientists can improve their skills by tapping into content such as reference notebooks, tutorials, sample data, and more.
  • Provide optimization capabilities by integrating CPLEX® and CP Optimization engines to solve mathematical programming, constraint programming, and constraint-based scheduling programs. For example, users are able to formulate their optimization models in Python and solve those Python models with either of the two engines. For solving, a model limitation is applied for 1,000 variables and 1,000 constraints of model size, but an incremental purchase of unlimited solving engines removes limitations.
  • Provide the ability to connect to existing remote Spark through Livy REST APIs.
  • Provide complete end-to-end management of the machine learning workflow. From model creation and training to deployment and continuous model performance monitoring, DSX Local provides an integrated environment that enables rapid model deployment for a fast path to insights-driven decision-making.

With Data Science Experience Local, companies can accelerate the expertise and productivity of their data science teams, shortening their transition to data-driven enterprises.

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Data Science Experience Local can be deployed in three or nine physical or virtual server configurations on a variety of Linux™ operating systems. For details, see the Software requirements and Hardware requirements sections.

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Planned availability date
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September 12, 2017

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Accessibility by people with disabilities
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Reference information
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For more information about Data Science Experience Local, see Software Announcement AP17-0007, dated April 18, 2017.

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5737-D37 1.1.0 IBM Data Science Experience Local

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Documentation and installation instructions can be found on the Get started with IBM Data Science Experience website.

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Data Science Experience Local can be deployed in three or nine physical or virtual server configurations on a variety of Linux operating systems.

The hardware requirements can be found on the Detailed System Requirements website.

Software requirements

Data Science Experience Local runs on a variety of Linux operating systems and supports multiple browsers.

The software requirements can be found on the Detailed System Requirements website.


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  • Product group: Data Science Experience
  • Product: IBM Data Science Experience Local (5737-D37)
  • Product category: Data Science Experience

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The ordering information remains unchanged from the previous release. See the ordering information in Software Announcement AP17-0007, dated April 18, 2017.

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IBM Data Science Experience Local Enterprise Edition for IBM Z Authorized User License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D1VDELL
IBM Data Science Experience Local Enterprise Edition for IBM Z Authorized User Monthly License D1VDGLL
IBM Data Science Experience Local Enterprise Edition for IBM Z Authorized User Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0NXULL
IBM Data Science Experience Local Enterprise Edition for IBM Z Authorized User SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1VDFLL

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The terms and conditions for Data Science Experience Local, as previously announced in Software Announcement AP17-0007, dated April 18, 2017, are unchanged.

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