IBM has acquired Vivisimo, a privately held enterprise search and discovery software player.
With the move, IBM said that it will bolster its analytics and big-data software capabilities.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Vivisimo's software scans unstructured data, automates discovery and puts it in an easy-to-navigate format. Here's a look at Vivisimo's federated architecture.
IBM said that the plan is to take Vivisimo's software and add it to its business analytics portfolio. Vivisimo will be lumped into IBM's software group.
Vivisimo, based in Pittsburgh, has about 140 customers in multiple verticals. The company counts Airbus, Procter & Gamble, Lexis Nexis and a host of government agencies as customers.
In another move that touches on big data, IBM has also rolled out new PowerLinux systems that run on the company's Power7 processors and run Red Hat and SUSE.
The additions are designed to crunch big data and plug in to IBM's Pure Systems family. Specifically, IBM introduced two Linux-specific servers — one system for the IBM PureFlex System, and one standalone for the mid-market. Linux-based Power Systems use IBM's PowerVM virtualisation technology. The two systems break down like this:
IBM Flex System p24L Compute Node: a Linux system with a two-socket server designed for the IBM PureFlex System, which has 12 or 16 Power7 processors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are the options
IBM PowerLinux 7R2 System: a two-socket rack server that has 16 Power7 chips. Red Hat and SUSE are the options.
IBM will offer integrated PowerLinux systems to target three workloads. The workloads include:
Big-data analytics — PowerLinux systems are used to crunch information sets with Hadoop. Fixstars, an IBM partner, will deliver a Hadoop-based appliance based on PowerLinux for SMBs in 2012
SAP applications — IBM's PowerLinux will be tailored for SAP apps, and delivered to mid-sized companies. Third-party vendors are developing SAP-specific uses
Infrastructure — PowerSystems will also be used to cut server sprawl.