IBM, Microsoft Lead New Spark-Based Offerings

With the Strata + Hadoop World conference underway, IBM, Microsoft and other companies are announcing new solutions based on the popular open source Big Data analytics framework, Apache Spark. Here’s a roundup of this week’s news.IBM announced native Spark data processing on mainframes. “IBM z/OS Platform for Apache Spark enables Spark, an open-source analytics framework, to run natively on the z/OS mainframe operating system,” the company said in a statement today. “The new offering, available now, enables data scientists to analyze data in place on the system origin, without the need to extract, transform and load (ETL), by breaking the tie between the analytics library and underlying file system.” The new solution comes after IBM last June announced a massive developer investment in the wildly popular Spark project, calling it…


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