IBM ‘DataWorks’ Leverages Watson, Spark

Project DataWorks, a new initiative launched this week by IBM to advance its analytics push, seeks to forge a cloud-based analytics platform that combines different data types with its Watson cognitive computing technology. The DataWorks initiative also reflects IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) embrace last year of the Apache Spark in-memory computing framework. The company initially moved 15 analytics applications onto Spark clusters while launching an Apache Spark cloud service. IBM said this week the data initiative would help automate deployment of data using Watson-based machine learning and Apache Spark. It also promises to speed data ingestion from “50 to hundreds of Gbps” for applications ranging from enterprise databases to Internet of Things applications as well as social media and weather prediction. Among other tasks, DataWorks is being positioned as a way…


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