Hadoop and Open Source

Enhancing IBM BigInsights with IBM Platform Computing and GPFS

Understanding how IBM Infosphere BigInsights, IBM Platform Symphony and IBM GPFS FPO provide a more flexible lower cost solution for multi-tenant Hadoop deployments on System X and Power Linux platforms.

The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014

According to the report, IBM brings "advanced analytics tools, a global presence and implementation services" that make BigInsights a "complete big data solution that will be attractive to many customers." Read the report to see why IBM InfoSphere BigInsights was named a leader and how it stands in relation to other big data Hadoop vendors.

Book: Harness the Power of Big Data

Harness the Power of Big Data is the latest book by several authors of Understanding Big Data, the hugely popular book that debuted in 2011. Big data represents a new era of computing – an inflection point of opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for breakthrough insights - whether that data is in-place, in-motion, or at-rest.

Harness the Power of Big Data includes a chapter titled "If Data Is the New Oil—You Need Data Exploration and Discovery." This chapter covers many of the key benefits of IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer, a new product in the IBM big data portfolio that enables users to access all of the data that they need in a single integrated view, regardless of its format, how it’s managed, or where it’s stored. Being able to retrieve data from all available repositories in an organization is a key part of doing analysis involving Big Data, especially for exploratory analysis. 

Download the full e-book Harness the Power of Big Data

Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Dirk Deroos, Krishnan Parasuraman, Thomas Deutsch, David Corrigan, James Giles

The Value of InfoSphere BigInsights

IBM® InfoSphere® BigInsights™ helps firms discover and analyze business insights hidden in large volumes of a diverse range of data. This data—including log records, clickstreams, social media data, news feeds, email, electronic sensor output and even some transactional data—is often ignored or discarded because it’s too impractical or difficult to process using traditional means. BigInsights, based on Apache Hadoop, helps firm analyze such data.

Big Data Analytics: Disruptive Technologies for Changing the Game

Unlike many other Big Data Analytics blogs and books that cover the basics and technological underpinnings, this e-book brings a practitioner’s view to Big Data Analytics. The author has drawn the material from a large number of workshops and interviews with business and IT leaders.

Architecting a Big Data Platform for Analytics

How do businesses address the challenges of growing volume and variety of data? How can I introduce new data sources and workloads into my architecture? How do I achieve better time to value and agility in my infrastructure?

If you're wrestling with these and other related questions, I recommend you look into a newly released paper called, “Architecting a Big Data Platform for Analytics” by industry analyst Mike Ferguson of Intelligent Business Strategies. In this paper, Ferguson explores the requirements and considerations for building an enterprise big data analytic ecosystem. Considering more than 20 years of market maturity, the paper addresses the challenges facing businesses with multiple data warehouses and data marts.

The Big Data Zoo: Taming the Beasts

Dr. Barry Devlin, a data management authority and founder of 9sight Consulting, published a new white paper on big data titled “The Big Data Zoo: Taming the Beasts.” The paper provides a colorful and thought-provoking look at big data using animal analogies such as elephants, eagles and reptiles to illustrate the challenges posed by this new “wild” data.

Understanding Big Data: e-book

Big data is going to change the way you do things in the future, how you gain insight, and make decisions (the change isn’t going to be a replacement, rather a synergy and extension). This book will help you get  up to speed quickly on this technology and to show you the unique things IBM is doing to turn the freely available open source big data technology into a big data platform; there’s a major difference and the platform is comprised of leveraging the open source technologies (and never forking it) and marrying that to enterprise capabilities provided by a technology leader that understands the benefits a platform can provide. 

Enterprise Hadoop Solutions: A Forrester Research, Inc. Report

Forrester Research, Inc. views Hadoop as "the open source heart of Big Data", regarding it as "the nucleus of the next-generation EDW [enterprise data warehouse] in the cloud," and has published its first ever The Forrester Wave (tm): Enterprise Hadoop Solutions report