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IBM upgrades big data tools and analytics

IBM has updated its big data analytics and insight platforms with the new versions designed to help companies manage the opportunities and challenges that come with big data through predictive insights.

The updates form part of the firm’s commitment to bring “cognitive computing” to the mainstream with the new IBM SmartCloud Analytics Predictive Insights tool allowing companies to sift through data and predict what will happen next.

“As the value of data continues to grow, the differentiator for clients will be around predicting what could happen to help transform their business with speed and conviction,” said Steve Mills, senior VP and group executive, software and systems at IBM. “IBM’s latest set of solutions allow clients to help predict customer behavior and outcomes with speed and ease, all delivered from the cloud.”

Part of the same product portfolio is the SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center that can automatically analyse different data types and store them in the individual company’s cloud infrastructure.

IBM claims the new automated storage has enabled it to cut per terabyte storage costs by almost 50 per cent at its Colorado data centre and it does so by learning key patterns over time before making data adapt and shift in order to work more efficiently.

In addition to the predictive tools, IBM has also expanded its BLU Acceleration portfolio so that it can now be used in the cloud with a preview version now able to be trialled by companies that signed up for early access. This brings IBM’s data analytics services into the cloud and allows more firms to take advantage of IBM’s in-memory database analytics services.

IBM’s announcement came at its Information on Demand Forum taking place this week and is part of its latest attempt to overhaul Amazon Web Services’ [AWS] lead in the cloud sector.