In a recent posting by Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer at Ventana Research, regarding IBM’s Vivisimo and Cloudera news, Mark says, “Acquiring Vivisimo is a smart move for IBM to expand its array of tools for big data and its overall information management portfolio. Considering the lack of enterprise depth from the likes of Google Enterprise Search, IBM’s opportunity is large. Expanding the platform to support other Hadoop distributions, such as Cloudera, is critical, as organizations are thinking about what distribution to place into production, and don’t just automatically use what is freely available from Apache. Having an open framework for its big data platform is a smart move for IBM, as it lets customers embrace and extend a range of software. By comparison, others, such as Oracle, are focused primarily on supporting their own stacks of technologies. It is a stark difference. If you are considering adding search or Hadoop as part of your big data efforts, take a look at what IBM is doing.”
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