IBM Announces Apache Spark Cloud Service

At the Spark Summit event, which was held in June 2015, IBM announced its support for $300 million commitment to Apache Spark, which includes the establishment of Spark Technology Center in San Francisco, along with 3500 dedicated researchers.
IBM also announces the availability of IBM Analytics on Apache Spark at its own IBM Insight event. The spark as a service, offers a part of IBM Bluemix Cloud.
By offering Spark in the Bluemix environment, IBM will integrate it with its other cloud data and analytics services, which would include Cloudant NoSQL and dashDB cloud data warehouse services. As Bluemix is an application development cloud, IBM feels that it is essentially in the position to connect the dots from the code to the database, to the Big Data, to analytics. Hence, IBM Analytics on Apache Spark will support Spark using Python-base code notebooks, and this feature is also supported on Databricks Cloud Spark platform.
In a recent press release IBM reveals its Insight Cloud Services. This service features ‘external data about people, geospatial, event and businesses from different sources, such as The Weather Company and Twitter. IBM is trying to provide its customers, with an analytics workbench, and the ability to enrich their data with external data feeds, and then Spark is applied on that enriched data.


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