Big Bet at Big Blue
IBM, the first large systems maker to use the engine, provides its Hadoop-based InfoSphere BigInsights in basic and enterprise editions. But the company has even bigger plans. Speaking to a Computer History Museum audience Aug. 4 in Mountain View, Calif., CEO Sam Palmisano said Big Blue is putting a heavy R&D emphasis on new generation data analytics, describing it as one of the company's "big bets"-a project that requires at least a $100 million investment. At the same event, IBM Fellow and Computer Science Research Director Laura Haas said that IBM Labs is far beyond the big data research mode and is into "exadata" analytics research. "We're working on some very, very interesting things in this area," Haas told eWEEK.