Big Blue unveiled a package of services and analytics called BigInsights based on Apache's open source Hadoop.
By Charles Babcock, InformationWeek, May 28, 2010
With Big Blue behind Hadoop, companies with Big Data problems may find the open source technology is available in more manageable forms.
IBM, the originator of the SQL data access language, has recognized the NoSQL movement has a point. Some data management problems don't lend themselves to being solved by IBM's DB2 or other relational database systems.
That's why it's started offering consulting services on managing large volumes of data based on Apache's open source Hadoop. It has a package of services and Hadoop-based analytics that it calls BigInsights Core to enable companies to take the plunge in Internet-scale data volumes. It's also offering its own large volume, data management software, IBM BigSheets, using a large scale spreadsheet paradigm.
"Hadoop opens up a broader technology domain -- Big Data," said Bernie Spang, IBM director of information management product strategy, referring to the common appellation for masses of website, customer or RSS feed or Twitter message data, all of value to the business.