(This blog is posted on behalf of Leslie Wiggins, Product Marketing Manager at IBM. This blog was originally published on LinkedIn and is being re-posted here to ensure wider access.)
On Friday, February 21, 2014, IBM expanded its data integration and governance platform, IBM InfoSphere Information Server v9.1.2, to include a fully supported Hadoop distribution - IBM InfoSphere BigInsights. With this release, IBM helps clients make Big Data projects faster and easier, providing a cost-effective and scalable Big Data Analytics + Data Integration solution.
IBM is the first vendor to provide a market-leading data integration platform combined with the analytics power of a fully supported Hadoop distribution. This new packaging provides tremendous value to clients looking to get the most from big data. Jim Lee, Vice President of Integration and Governance at IBM, notes:
“With this release, IBM customers can reduce the time and cost to delivering business value as part of their modern data warehouse environments. In combining these technologies, organizations can easily offload their data integration staging area with a low cost alternative approach that also jumpstarts analytics discovery early in the information lifecycle.”
The combined capabilities in this release equip clients with a new way to approach data integration, speeding the creation of the Hadoop landing zone, which is a central location to collect and manage a wide variety data.
Using IBM capabilities, clients have the ability to shift ETL and data integration workloads into a Hadoop infrastructure that is capable of simultaneously handling analytics, as well as the staging, preparation and transformation of data while using the same simple design interface developers leverage for all other data integration patterns. InfoSphere Information Server manages the ingesting, mapping, metadata, quality, etc., while data scientists and business users can immediately begin exploring and analyzing the landing zone data through InfoSphere BigInsights’ intuitive BigSheets interface. Additionally, BigSheets allows users to visualize both traditional and new data types, such as JSON, that InfoSphere Information Server has seeded into Hadoop. Most importantly, data governance is built right in to the platform when using InfoSphere Information Server with InfoSphere BigInsights.
This new offering helps clients quickly and easily deploy a whole, massively scalable solution to power the next generation of analytics. For more information about how IBM supports Big Data Integration requirements check out our ebook, Integrating and Governing Big Data or for more information go to: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/integration/products.html