Hat's off to the development team, for another on time (actually, a day early) delivery of a planned release. This fixpack release adds in not only a number of defect fixes, but adds support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux V6, CentOS from Red Hat and also PowerLinux. This gives customers an extra option for hardware, use of IBM Power hardware running Red Hat Linux.
The new version is available on our FixCentral site for download. It's a full replacement for prior versions, and uses the License Certificate File from the V2.0 version which can be obtained via Passport Advantage sites for customers.
And on another note, had an interesting conversation with Wayne Eckerson at the Smarter Analytics event last week, who wrote about Streams on his blog. We'd talked about Streams and BigInsights, and he asked if Streams was better than Hadoop. It's not really better or worse, just different. But there are some applications that would certainly be better off if you run them on Streams. A key question is, do you need to persist the data? Do you need to save data for historic purposes, and make analytic comparisons over long periods of time? There are many use cases where people really don't want to save the data, only capture meta data. Google was a case point we discussed - if all they wanted to do was create indicies of which pages point to other pages to understand which pages have the most linked pages, and create counts of key words on pages, they could do all this in realtime on Streams. It can even use map reduce style application pattern to run in parallel on many machines. It's not MapReduce a la Hadoop, but it's the programming concept to map the data onto different machines, and then reduce to the indicies you want.
Best of luck to everyone as we close out the first quarter!