IBM's Netezza unit and Revolution Analytics team up to deliver a new appliance that takes advantage of the R statistical language from Revolution.
Revolution Analytics, the provider of R software, services and support
, and IBM Netezza
announced a partnership to integrate Revolution R Enterprise and the IBM Netezza TwinFin Data Warehouse Appliance.
At the Predictive Analytics World
conference in San Francisco on March 14, Revolution Analytics and IBM
said their partnership enables customers seeking to run predictive
analytics from within a data warehouse platform will be able to
leverage the power of the open source R statistics language. Under the
terms of the agreement, the companies will work together to create a
version of Revolution's software that takes advantage of IBM Netezza's
i-Class technology so that Revolution R Enterprise can run in-database
in an optimal fashion.
Used by more than two million analysts in academia and at companies
such as Google, Bank of America and Acxiom, R has emerged as the
standard of innovation in statistical analysis. Revolution R Enterprise
brings high performance, productivity and enterprise readiness to R for
industries such as finance, life sciences, retail, manufacturing and
R is a programming language and software environment for statistical
computing and graphics. The R language has become a de facto standard
among statisticians for developing statistical software, and is widely
used for statistical software development and data analysis. R is an
implementation of the S programming language combined with lexical
scoping semantics inspired by Scheme.
"IBM Netezza prides itself on delivering cutting-edge,
production-ready technology for our customers to exploit in driving
significant business value for their enterprise," said Michele
Chambers, general manager and vice president of Analytic Solutions at
IBM Netezza, in a statement. "R has rapidly emerged as a leading tool
in the field of advanced analytics, and this partnership enables us to
deliver this important capability in a commercial, enterprise-ready
This partnership integrates Revolution R Enterprise with IBM Netezza's high performance data warehouse and advanced analytics platform
to help organizations combat the challenges that arise as complexity
and the scale of data grow. By moving the analytics processing next to
the data, this integration will minimize data movement - a significant
bottleneck, especially when dealing with "Big Data," IBM said. It will
deliver high performance on large-scale data, while leveraging the
latest innovations in analytics.
With Revolution R Enterprise for IBM Netezza, advanced R
computations are available for rapid analysis of hundreds of
terabyte-class data volumes - and can deliver performance improvements
of 10 to 100 times, at a fraction of the cost as compared to
traditional analytics vendors.
"IBM Netezza is among the first data warehouse companies to
recognize and quickly act upon the growing importance of R," said Jeff
Erhardt, chief operating officer at Revolution Analytics, in a
statement. "The world's first R-enabled, in-database data warehouse
platform eliminates the need to move data to a separate R server, and
massively parallel processing enables high-speed computation of
advanced analytics on the largest data sets. Together, our companies
are working to create the most powerful predictive analytics solution
on the market, and we're excited to deliver this integration this
The companies will also collaborate on marketing and sales
activities. General availability of this integrated solution is slated
for later in 2011, the companies said.