IBM launches ‘data-centric cloud-based development environment’ for Apache Spark

This week, the Apache Spark Summit is being held in San Francisco, and yesterday, Microsoft announced an “extensive commitment” for Spark to power its key big data and analytics products, including Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, and Microsoft R Server. Today, IBM joined in the action by announcing “the first cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics”. It says it has invested $300 million to develop Spark as “a type of ‘analytics operating system'”, and the launch of its new Data Science Experience is aimed at offering the ability to more easily interrogate and analyze big data, and extract deeper insights more quickly than ever before. The company describes the Data Science Experience as “an interactive, collaborative, cloud-based environment where data scientists can use multiple tools to activate…


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