IBM expands big data capabilities on cloud marketplace

Big Blue has launched a new big data service for enterprises to better manage content from multiple devices and locations.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

IBM has launched a new big data service within the IBM Cloud marketplace that is designed to deliver better results and decision-making across the enterprise.

Within the announcement, IBM says that the new big data service will allow companies to better secure, access and manage content from anywhere and on any device.

IBM estimates that over 2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created every day, and much of this — 80 percent — is "unstructured" content such as social media, contracts, claims, tax forms and permit applications. The volume of this content which is now being collected by the enterprise is vast, and so for useful analysis of such data, new applications are being developed by software and services firms worldwide.

The tech giant's new big data service, dubbed IBM Navigator on Cloud and built on Softlayer's cloud platform, is designed to allow for this analysis in a more effective way by synchronizing and making content available on any browser, desktop and mobile device. For example, a maintenance worker in the field can use a handset to pull up the latest schematics for a piece of equipment, take photos of a damaged part, make updates to safety documents and synchronize this content back to the cloud, which makes the update available on other devices.

Doug Hunt, General Manager of Enterprise Content Management at IBM commented:

With today's news, IBM is fulfilling an unmet need in the marketplace by providing a new service that combines enterprise-grade security, governance and integration with mobile and web apps that are easy to interact with and use. This new offering surpasses the promises of our competitors, and offers clients a simple and easy experience to learn, try, and buy it.

IBM has invested over $24 billion in big data and analytics technology research and development, and has made over 30 related acquisitions to date.

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