IBM has announced a number of improvements for its SmartCloud Platform-as-a-Service portfolio, including tapping into big data with some industry partners.
At the heart of the upgrades is new BLU acceleration technology being pumped out from IBM's Research and Development labs.
Some of the new features include analytics access without the need to develop a separate layer of data modeling and processing high-performance data analysis in parallel across different processors.
By adding its DB2 database software to SmartCloud, IBM boasted that both corporate and government customers could see up to 25 times faster reporting and analytics.
Additionally, IBM is opening up the SmartCloud for SAP's HANA in-memory database.
This means support for a physical SAP HANA Appliance on IBM SmartCloud for SAP's business management apps, hosted on the SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud environment.
A virtual SAP HANA appliance is also available for SmartCloud Enterprise, but it is still in test mode.
Both the physical and virtual SAP HANA appliances for IBM SmartCloud are being sold through "bring your own license" subscriptions. Licenses can also be bought from IBM Global Business Services.