• These two technologies are part of the IBM transformation strategy that includes cloud, big data, analytics and security as its pillars. As part of today’s announcement, IBM has pledged to build Spark into the core of its analytics products and will work with Databricks, the commercial entity created to support the open source Spark project.
  • Thomas points out that Spark is the fastest growing open source project in history, and that got his company’s attention. They’ve been working with the Spark project for several years, but really began to pay more attention when it became a top level Apache project last year.
  • As IBM is wont to do in these situations, it’s going all in, not only committing the 3500 researchers, but also placing Spark as a service on its Bluemix Platform as a Service offering to allow its customers to build applications using Spark.

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