IBM bolstered its cloud offerings by announcing a new generation of data services on the IBM Cloud that are designed to ensure trusted information can be applied more readily across an organisation. The announcements include news from IBM's DataWorks, dashDB and Cloudant solutions.
IBM DataWorks is a set of cloud-based data refinery services that shape, cleanse, match and secure data. The new services enable business users to find, use and contribute data for analysis; application developers to embed data services into new applications; and IT and data professionals to enable self-service data access and instill confidence to act on the data.
dashDB is a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service with in-memory technology built-in to deliver answers faster. dashDB keeps infrastructure concerns out of the way of critical and time sensitive analytics. A new integration of dashDB with Cloudant, IBM's NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS), allows Cloudant clients to embed analytics in their applications with a few clicks.
Cloudant is key to IBM's enterprise mobility solution MobileFirst, a significant part of the company's "landmark" mobility deal with Apple that was announced this year. IBM said it is extending its portfolio with Cloudant Local, an on-premise edition of the fully managed cloud database-as-a-service that enables a fluid hybrid cloud data layer that spans private data centres, mobile devices and third-party cloud providers.
"This ensures customers can easily reconfigure their cloud data platforms over time to optimize the cost, security, reach and performance," the company said.
IBM acquired Cloudant in February to boost its Big Data and Analytics portfolio. The acquisition gave IBM a mature Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering that allows customers to streamline the development of scalable mobile and web apps.
Cloudant solutions compete with NoSQL competitors Cassandra/DataStax, Couchbase and MongoDB that are also available on-premises and on multiple DBaaS clouds. Amazon DynamoDB also offers a similar database service, although it's not available in an on-premises option.
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Updated Date: Oct 28, 2014 12:17:19 IST